The Posuk says that Noah was 600 years when he went into the Teivah (Bereshit 7:6,11). Rashi (Bereshit 8:14) and the rest of the Mefarshim say that the flood took an entire year to complete. The Posuk then says that Noah lived another 350 years after the flood (Bereshit 9:28). That should put his final age at 951. Why then does the Torah (Bereshit 9:29) say he died at 950?

I have a feeling that that I heard once that the flood wasn't counted as part of the cycle of the world but I am not sure if that will help define a persons total age.

  • Maybe it means 600 years after the start of the flood? – Double AA Oct 14 '12 at 13:35
  • @DoubleAA could be, but the narrative doesnt sound like that. It says he exited and lived 600 years after the flood. Sounds like afterwards! But maybe youre right! – Yehuda Oct 14 '12 at 13:42
  • It seems you got it backwards - 600 before and 350 after. Perhaps the year of Mabul paralleled end of 600 and beginning of 350. – JNF Oct 14 '12 at 14:58
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    Maybe it was into the 350th year and into the 600th year, so 349.5+599.5=950 – Double AA Oct 14 '12 at 15:39
  • Possibly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10997 – msh210 Oct 14 '12 at 16:41

The Moshav Z'keinim (Breishis 25:27) writes that the year in the teiva wasn't reckoned in Noach's age because the natural order of the universe wasn't functioning.

אלא שנה שהיו בתיבה לא חשיב לפי שלא שמשו סדרי בראשית

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