Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Methuselah

For the wine aficionados among you, I’m not talking about the six-liter bottle but rather the man spoken of in Genesis.

Recently I was asked (as you are) if I really believed that Methuselah had lived to the ripe old age of 969.  Using the tried and trued method of answering a question with a question, the effectiveness of which should be evident to anyone who has read Jesus responding to the Pharisees, I asked, “What do you think?”

After being told, no, I responded by saying what I found difficult to believe was not his age but that he had been struck down by a taxi cab.

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3 thoughts on “Methuselah

  1. I find those size names to be fascinating. I knew magnum and jeroboam, but the rest are completely new to me.

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  2. I think I only knew demi and piccolo.

    It really is fascinating. I’d love to discover who gave them the names and why.

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  3. Interestingly, Methuselah died the same year that the flood happened. For centuries many scholars have interpreted his name in Hebrew as meaning something like “When he dies, it is sent” although some other scholars have debated the linguistics of this reading of his name.

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