Here is a basic table of data concerning the line of men from Adam to the Great Flood:
|Name||Meaning||Age||Year of Birth||Year of Death|
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God||895||395||1290|
|Jared||Shall Come down||962||460||1422|
|Methuselah||Death Shall bring||969||687||1656|
1. Note that Adam died when Lamech was 56. Thus, the story of creation and the fall could have been passed on firsthand or secondhand to most of those that were alive at the time of the flood.
2. Enoch lived only 365 years, then he "walked with God; and he was not." (Genesis 5:24) At that time Seth, his great-great-great grandfather was still alive!
3. Methuselah died the same year that the flood came. Apparently Enoch prophesied the Flood when he named his son. Methuselah also lived longer than any other recorded man, 969 years. This longevity is another example of God's patience and love for each one and his desire to give every man a chance to repent.
4. If you just read down the line of meanings you find an abbreviated tale of the Gospel story.
It is amazing the things that you learn looking at the lists of names in the Bible! I'm looking forward to my deeper look at the later genealogies.