People in the Bible lived a really long time.  Check out this table for the ages of Patriarchs from Adam to Noah.

Table 1. Ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah

  Patriarch Age Bible Reference
1 Adam 930 Genesis 5:4
2 Seth 912 Genesis 5:8
3 Enosh 905 Genesis 5:11
4 Cainan 910 Genesis 5:14
5 Mahalalel 895 Genesis 5:17
6 Jared 962 Genesis 5:20
7 Enoch 365 (translated) Genesis 5:23
8 Methuselah 969 Genesis 5:27
9 Lamech 777 Genesis 5:31
10 Noah 950 Genesis 9:29

After the flood, people lived shorter lives, but it is still several hundred years.  Even Abraham was 175 when he died, according to the Bible.

Table 2. Ages of the Patriarchs after Noah to Abraham

  Patriarch Age Bible Reference
11 Shem 600 Genesis 11:10–11
12 Arphaxad 438 Genesis 11:12–13
13 Shelah 433 Genesis 11:14–15
14 Eber 464 Genesis 11:16–17
15 Peleg 239 Genesis 11:18–19
16 Reu 239 Genesis 11:20–21
17 Serug 230 Genesis 11:22–23
18 Nahor 148 Genesis 11:24–25
19 Terah 205 Genesis 11:32
20 Abraham 175 Genesis 25:7

 

Is there any scientific support for these old ages.  For example, if scientists found the bones of someone like Peleg who lived 239 years, would we be able to tell that he was really 239 years old?  What is the best way to describe these ages?  Were the ancients really bad at counting, exaggerating, had a different calendar system that inflated ages, or were they really this old?