OK sit down and get ready for this. Mythology is an attempt to describe the trancendent. An imposible task. Because as St Aquinas has said we can NOT know God. WE are forced to use the language, and the references, our limited minds can understand.
Its not about the world. It was never supposed to be about the world. When a relgion out grows its metaphor society becomes secular. Fundementalists Interpret the metaphor as biography and as history. They then miss the entire point.
IT is about the INNER reaches. The inside journey. Most religios metaphor is desighned to reach the subconsous mind so that the person can join the superconcious mind.
It about YOU. Your journey it is not about HISTORY or fact its metaphor.
Since you are on the topic
Dates in genesis from adam to noah. 1656 years There are 86,400 7 day weeks in that amount of time Divide By 2 the answer 43,200 Cycles of bablyonain universe coming into being and going out again NOAH Gilgamesh.
What does this have to do with the earth.
the time it takes for the earth to wobble thorough all the sighns of the zodiac
25,920 years divide by 60 the mespoatmian soss basic unit of measurment 432
Jews were in Babylon when Genesis was written
Same number 432,000 in is hindu kalin yuga
Same number 432,000 is in Iclandic eddas 540 doors in Odins hall at the end of time 800 warriors will go through those doors 432,000
Probably in Mayan calandar too
They have known the world is round for along long time
432 dimples in a golf ball
You can look it up take the number and divide it with the size of the great pyramid at giza it is the circumfirence of the earth within a few miles/
YOU can find metaphor and use it to work in your life to be happy. Or you can be a fundemtalist read it as history.
Then you would be like a Diner at the greatest restuarant on earth. Ask for a menu Read whats on it then YOU eat the menu. Its not about a book. Its about YOU>
Dates in Genesis age of patriarchs added up.