Life Expectancy Throughout the Centuries February 7, 2010Posted by rationalskeptic in The Bible.
Tags: Life Expectancy, Old Testament
Below is a list of the life expectancies of Humans throughtout the centuries.
As we all know, the Bible claims that many people in the ancient world lived well into their hundreds. Here is a classic passage regarding “the oldest man who has ever lived” from Genesis 5:27: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
There are tons of verses in the Jewish scriptures that refer to people living well into numerous centuries, but as the chart shows, this is complete and utter bullshit.
Humans by Era Average Lifespan at Birth
Upper Paleolithic 33
Bronze Age 18
Classical Greece 28
Classical Rome 28
Pre-Columbian North America 25-30
Medieval Islamic Caliphate 35
Medieval Britain 20-30
Early 20th Century 30-45
Current world average 66.58