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Chapters 5 and 11 of the Book of Genesis have long been a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to students of the Bible. Inasmuch as they begin with Adam and end with Abraham, they have their roots in creation and they reach into the era of the great civilizations of Babylon and Egypt, which flourished during Abraham’s day. They, therefore, tantalize the scholar who is trying to reconstruct history. Unfortunately, because a solution to an understanding of these chapters has not been forthcoming, the events embraced within their scope -- creation, the fall of man, the Noachian flood -- are likewise often looked upon as accounts impervious to clear understanding.