Mahalalel (Hebrew: מַהֲלַלְאֵל,, romanized: Mahălalʾēl, Greek: Μαλελεήλ, Maleleḗl) was a patriarch named in the Hebrew Bible. The King James Version spells his name Mahalaleel in the Old Testament and Maleleel in the New Testament.
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In the Bible, Mahalalel is an ancestor of Noah, and thus, of all humanity. He appears in the Book of Genesis 5:12–17, and according to the book, he was a son of Kenan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam. He fathered Jared when he was 65, and died at 895 (when Noah was 234 as per the Masoretic chronology), placing him eighth in the records for the unusually long lifespans for the antediluvian patriarchs.
Additionally, Mahalalel is also mentioned in Islam in the various collections of tales of the pre-Islamic prophets, which mentions him in an identical manner. Islamic scholar Tabari tells that his story was also found in Persian literature and likens him with the Pishdadian king Hushang.
Latter Day Saint usageEdit
Thomas Hardy, in his novel, The Return of the Native (1878), referenced Mahalaleel as one who betokened an advanced lifetime: "The number of their years may have adequately summed up Jared, Mahalaleel, and the rest of the antediluvians, but the age of a modern man is to be measured by the intensity of his history." (London:Folio Society) (1971  at p. 150.
- Genesis 5:12
- Luke 3:37
- Benner, Jeff A. "Definition of Hebrew Names: Mahalaleel". www.ancient-hebrew.org. Ancient Hebrew Research Center. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
- See the translation by R. H. Charles (1917) at sacred-texts.com