The family line of Jesus in the
show the influence of Godly parents
Methuselah's name was prophetic. It's meaning was "When he dies, Judgement". Methuselah sat on Adam's knee as a child and learned how to hear and follow the One True God. He walked with Adam for 357 years!
When we understand that the father's had a great influence over their sons and we begin to see the overlap of these long-lived generals of the first millennium, we then appreciate the relationship that characters like Noah must have had with God.
Some scholars have done a detailed analysis of the names and meanings of the names in the biblical genealogies. I have not attempted to completely replicate this work. I have, however, only highlighted a few of the characters as they have a profound impact on the biblical history. One of the earliest post-exilic chronicles preserved in the Hebrew language is the Sedar Olam Rabbah. In the Babylonian Talmud, this chronicle is several times referred to simply as the "Seder 'Olam" (Shab. 88a; Yeb. 82b; Nazir 5a; Meg. 11b; 'Ab. Zarah 8b; Niddah 46b), and it is quoted as such by the more ancient Biblical commentators, including Rashi. But with the twelfth century, it began to be designated as "Seder 'Olam Rabbah," to distinguish it from a later, smaller chronicle, "Seder 'Olam, Zuṭa"; it was first so designated by Abraham ibn Yarḥi ("Ha-Manhig," p. 2a, Berlin, 1855). In its present form, the work consists of thirty chapters, every ten chapters forming a section, or "gate." It is a chronological record, extending from Adam to the revolt of Bar Kokba, in the reign of Hadrian; but the chronicle is complete only up to the time of Alexander the Great; the period from Alexander to Hadrian occupies a very small portion of the work—the end of the thirtieth chapter. It may be concluded, therefore, that originally the "Seder 'Olam" was more extensive, and that it consisted of two parts, the second of which, dealing with the post-Alexandrian period, has been lost, with the exception of a small fragment that was added by the copyists to the first part.
Methuselah is one of the key characters connecting Adam to Noah directly and Noah in turn directly impacted Abraham. His birth, his Godly life, the loss of his father shortly after the death of Adam and ultimately the death of Methuselah which takes place on the very same year as the flood. This man is the longest living person that has ever lived and was a testimony to his generation(s), that God was going to bring judgment.
The book of Jude quotes from the book of Enoch, which used to be in the early versions of the printed Bible. Jude must have had a copy to quote from or knew this passage by heart. The point is that there is some record(s) that can be reviewed to discover some context about this time period. It just makes for an interesting read, not necessarily for doctrinal purposes. One of these manuscripts is the Book of Jasher, which is twice mentioned in the Bible. The Book of Enoch is mentioned once in Jude. Jasher is mentioned twice and one of those is a reference by the Prophet Samuel - who was famous for his accuracy and interpretational astuteness. Samuel wrote the book of Ruth as a doctrinal argument to the legitimacy of King David's right to the throne.
The Full Bible Timeline makes it easy for you to follow the birth of these characters and to track their lives throughout the years to see how they lived and influenced their children and their children's children.
Below each name is the very year of their birth, which is calculated from the fall of man - Adam's transgression and expulsion from the garden. Also below their birth years is the reference verse so you can review the scriptures and calculate the genealogy for yourself, should you desire to bust out a calculator. Between each name is a white number telling the passage of years between father and son.
Each character has a color-coded bar to track their lives horizontally throughout the years and also vertically as the chart reveals the duration of their life. At the very end of each 'life bar' is the year that the character passed away.