Who was the saddest man in the Bible?
Question: Who was the saddest man in the Bible?
Answer: Except the first man, Adam, there had never been a man that saw so much grief as Shem, the son of Noach. Not only did he see the apostacy God destroyed in the Flood, but he lived to bury eight generations of his descendants: Arpachshad, Shelah, Eber (he outlived Shem), Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, and Avraham (Gen 11:10-32). This should not surprise us, since the lives of men were rapidly shortened after the Flood.
Shem was born in year 1558 and died in year 2158. He lived 502 years after the Flood, to see eight generations of his lineal descendants died before him except Eber. (See Jubilees Table from the present author’s book The Reckoning of Time for the chronology of events from the creation)