Qur'an talks of Prophet Noah's age in 29:14 as follows.

And We certainly sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years minus fifty years, and the flood seized them while they were wrongdoers.

Why does it say thousand years minus fifty years rather than directly saying 950 years? More precisely, what I'd like to ask is how should we understand this verse ? Does it literally mean Prophet Noah lived for 950 years or might it have a figurative meaning?

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    Maybe it is just a more poetic way of saying it. – The Z Apr 29 '18 at 19:28
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    "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." - its not that weird. You're just too used to the decimal system. There have been many ways of counting through history if you look into it. – Mozibur Ullah Apr 29 '18 at 20:14

the same way when the quran mention the duration of the people of the cave. the quran mention 300 added 9 instead of 309 years straight away. from what i read, it is due to the intercalation months when we use unisolar calendar. About the same way as the jew and chinese calendar

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