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Biblical patriarch who lived to the age of 969. The son of Enoch, he is mentioned in Genesis as a descendant of Seth, the son of Adam and Eve begotten after Cain. He is remembered as the world's oldest human being. He was the father of Lamech and grandfather of Noah; his later descendants included Abraham, Jacob, and David.
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