Are the life spans in Genesis 5 meant to be taken literally? Wasn't the life span of ancient people drastically shorter back then? I have read that the numbers are spiritual numbers that are used to represent an overall message, and not to be taken literally.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Henry, and thanks for the question (+1)! I edited the title to be a bit clearer, hope you don't mind. Hope to see you around. :)
    – Scimonster
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 19:35
  • If you can find meaning, that's great. Don't worry about if it actually happened or not.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 0:11
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4977/759 dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 0:15
  • Seems like a duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4977, no? cc @DoubleAA
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 6:37
  • Note that since we date the calendar according to the years shown in the Torah, we appear to be taking it literally. Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 16:03