Spouse(s) Dinah
Children Jared

more sons and daughters
Parent(s) Kenan
Relatives Enos (grandfather)

Mahalalel[a] was a patriarch named in the Hebrew Bible. The King James Version spells his name Mahalaleel[1] in the Old Testament and Maleleel[2] in the New Testament.

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In the Bible, Mahalalel is an ancestor of Noah, and thus, of all humanity. He appears in the Book of Genesis 5:12-17, and according to the book, he lived 895 years, placing him eighth in the records for the unusually long lifespans for the antediluvian patriarchs.

Mahalalel was a son of Kenan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam in the Old Testament of the Bible. He was also the father of Jared.

Later references to Mahalalel include 1 Chronicles 1:2, Jubilees 4:14–15 and Gospel of Luke 3:37. Enoch's first dream vision in 1 Enoch 83 recounts the dream that Enoch had in the house of Mahalalel his grandfather, and which Mahalalel explains to him.[3]

Additionally, Mahalalel is also mentioned in Islam in the various collections of tales of the pre-Islamic prophets, which mentions him in an identical manner. Islamic scholar Tabari tells that his story was also found in Persian literature and likens him with the Pishdadian king Hushang.

Adam Eve
Cain Abel Seth
Enoch Enos
Irad Kenan
Mehujael Mahalalel
Methushael Jared
Adah Lamech Zillah Enoch
Jabal Jubal Tubal-Cain Naamah Methuselah
Shem Ham Japheth

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The pet cat that comes to the manor in the storm in Joyce Carol Oates's novel Bellefleur is named Mahalaleel.

Thomas Hardy, in his novel, The Return of the Native, referenced Mahalaleel as one who betokened an advanced lifetime: "The number of their years may have adequately summed up Jared, Mahalaleel, and the rest of the antediluvians, but the age of a modern man is to be measured by the intensity of his history." (London: Folio Society) (1971 [1880] at p. 150.

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  1. ^ Hebrew: מַהֲלַלְאֵל‎, Mahălalʾēl; Greek: Μαλελεήλ, Maleleḗl

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