- Some facts about Jared:
- Son of Mahalalel
- Father of Enoch
- Technically an ancestor of Jesus Christ [Luke 3:23-38]
- Lived 962 years, the second-oldest person in the Bible
Who was Jared?
We know that Jared lived before the Flood, as he was an ancestor of Noah’s. He was an ancestor of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father. As Luke records it, Jesus “was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph”.
There is some question about the completeness of the geneological lists in the Old Testament. Genesis 5 mentions Jared’s ancestors in the following order: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel…but it’s not entirely clear that each was the parent of the one that followed. That may be, or the list may include only notable (or notorious) people. Jared may have been in the 5th generation after Adam, or may have been part of a subsequent generation. While English translations may render the language in a straight-forward manner, ancient Hebrew isn’t that specific. The same word may be used when speaking of a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and so on.