Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ANTEDILUVIAN* Name given to the whole period before the Flood of Noah’s time. The adjective, which literally means “before the flood [deluge],” designates a major epoch in biblical history. The noun “ante-diluvians” refers to the people who lived in that time. Toward the end of the antediluvian period,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ANTEDILUVIANS. In contrast to evolutionary concepts of human origins, the Scriptures clearly assert that the very earliest men were possessed of all the necessary talents for high culture achievement. Cain, the son of Adam, built a city, and his immediate descendants lived in tents, domesticated cattle,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ANTEDILUVIANS. The people who lived before the Flood. Of this period we have little authentic information (Gen. 4:16–6:8), although additional knowledge may be gathered from the history of Noah and the first men after the Deluge. In Scripture we find few indications of savagery among these people, and
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ANTEDILUVIANS — the people who lived before the Flood. They possessed some skills that compare with modern technology. For example, Cain built cities (Gen. 4:17), Jubal was a musician (Gen. 4:21), and Tubal-Cain was an “instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron” (Gen. 4:22). Such crafts imply
Dictionary of Theological Terms
AntedeluvianDescriptive of the period before the deluge, or flood, in the days of Noah (Gen. 2:6–8). The Biblical description of the period contradicts many popular opinions about early man and society. Man was not a savage a step or two away from the apes. Indeed he was not evolving biologically, morally,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ANTEDILUVIANS Meaning “before the deluge”; refers to those who lived before the flood described in Gen. 6–8. The early chapters of Genesis affirm that the God of Israel is the God who created the world and who guides all of human history. Those chapters connect the history of all humankind to that of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
antediluvians. People who lived before the flood (“deluge”) of Noah (see Flood, Genesis). This period is covered by Gen. 4–7, from which we learn that they calculated time in years, months, and days. They apparently were familiar with agriculture (Adam kept the garden of Eden, 2:15; Adam and Abel tilled
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ANTEDILUVIANS, an-tē̇-di-lūʹvi-ans: According to the ordinary interpretation of the genealogical tables in Gen 5 the lives of the antediluvians were prolonged to an extreme old age, Methuselah attaining that of 969 years.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ANTEDILUVIAN. Genesis 1–5 constitutes the antediluvian (“pre-flood”) portion of the biblical narrative. Personal traits such as long life and wisdom are often associated with antediluvian figures in the Bible (e.g., Enoch) and other ancient literature (e.g., Utnapishtim in the Gilgamesh Epic). See FLOOD.