A Different Timeline for the Great Flood
From a genealogist’s standpoint, I have generalized an approximate date of Noah’s Flood as ca 4000 B.C. Researching the ancestors always involves location and dates. If the dates of birth, for example, are unreasonable, then there can be no direct link. An example is a person the age of 100 years of age who has birthed a child. Generally, in the present era, we consider that 33.5 years equals one generation.
However, in the day of Noah, the math is quite different. Noah himself was 600 years of age at the time of the flood and died at the age of 930 years and the ten patriarchs who were born before the Flood lived an average of 900 years.
Now let us determine the possible birth years of Noah's sons, viz: Seth, Ham, and Japheth.
Seth. Before the death of Adam (aged 930 years), he administered the priesthood unto Seth.
Joseph, one of Ham’s sons, did not go on the ark.
Assuming then, that the three sons of Noah were young adult children at the time of the flood, and that Shem and Japheth, may have also left grown children behind, I would place their average age at about 100 years of age at the time of the Flood.
After the Flood, people were still living four to five hundred years of age. We know from the scriptures that during the time of Moses, mankind would lived 120 years.
Seth settled in the region of the Middle East and was the father of the Hebrews.
Japheth was known as the father of the gentiles (non-believers) and settled in the region of Europe.
The descendants of Ham settled in Egypt and Northern Africa.
According to the Book of Moses, Ham’s wife was Egyptus and they had a daughter named, Egyptus and a son named Canaan. Egyptus founded Egypt when it was underwater.*
“The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Egyptus, which in the Chaldean signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden;”
“When this woman discovered the land it was underwater . . . .”
Presumptuously, it was the daughter of Ham and Egyptus, also named Egyptus, who settled her children along the Nile River.
A thorough draining of flood waters could have taken years.
If that is the case, other regions would have been uninhabitable for some years to come. In fact, the Bible mentions that the earth was divided in the days of Peleg. Peleg was a son of Eber and grandson of Shem. This would date Peleg to about one thousand years after the flood.** The division of the continents and islands, the re-location of streams and rivers, and waterway of the Nile pushing through 4,180 miles is an obvious sign of natural formations and human history.
The First Egyptian Pharoah
Egyptus, daughter of Ham and his wife, Egyptus, is believed to be the mother of the first Pharoah of Egypt, Narmer. The burial site of Narmer has been confirmed, and that is where we obtain the first written date of his rule, which is ca 3150 BCE-2613 BCE. The experts have cited that Narmer was the last king of the “projected time of the” Predynastic Period of c. 6000–3150 BCE before the rise of a king named Mines who unified the country through conquest.
This limestone head of a king is thought to be Narmer (Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London). It is similar to the head of Narmer on the Narmer Palette.
However, it should be noted that in the early days of Egyptology that Narmer and Mines were thought to be two different kings. (Narmer was thought to have attempted unification at the end of one period and Mines to have succeeded him, beginning the next era in Egyptian history).
However, this theory changed when it was concluded that Narmer was the first Pharoah and that Mines was an honorific title. Narmer lived to the age of 537 years. ***
It follows that if Narmer (born ca 3150 BCE, died 2613 BCE) was likely a son of Egyptus, wife of Ham, that would place Ham’s birth as about ca 3450 BCE. And the flood ca 3000 BCE, with Noah’s death at ca 2700 BCE.
It would stand to reason that the second Egyptian Pharoah would have assumed the throne ca 2613. That would be “Djoser”: (2650–2575 BC), technically known as the king of the third dynasty.
Thus, the evidence of the dates of the Pharaohs and the construction of pyramids in Egypt reasonably fits with my supposition of the date of the flood, as well as modern archaeology!
*Abraham 1:23; Abraham 1:25 (The Pearl of Great Price).
**1 Corinthians 1. “And unto Eber were born two sons; the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided.
***The great Egyptologist Flinders Petrie (1853–1942 CE) claimed Narmer and Mina as the first pharaoh of the First Dynasty in that the two names designated one man: Narmer was his name and Mina or Menes an honorific.