Before we pop inside,let’s look back as to why we are in here – did God really do this?
This is the continuation of those hard things we find in the bible, again part of a myth a very powerful story. How can we believe that Our Heavenly Father who declared all things good is about to annihilate all living things by suffocation and drowning. ( See Rashi commentary at Noes Ark 1 – the herald angels the previous post.
If we were to progress through all the ‘bad God’ episodes in the Scripture then we would discover a god who appears to order or countenance all manner of Ethnocide, genocide, war, infanticide, murder, rape and onward. That is the reason behind the references to “Stories’ here, they were written for reasons mostly having nothing to do with God but humans, Historians and Priests, justifying the terrible acts they had performed in His Name .
Inside the Ark and stuff
It is thought that Noah was a native of the lower Tigris-Euphrates valley, and by whole world, the Hebrew indicates the area local to this and that human population in that area. So the entire world are those people who inhabit this location – possibly the Tigris-Euphrates Valley.
Noah was the righteous one appointed by God to perpetuate the human family – those animals saved represented the ancestors of all living things.
What the story may represent is likely to be the record of a natural disaster which , in distant memory, is later offered as the reason righteousness returned to the world which is repopulated by the male and female pairs of animals, reptiles and birds gathered into Ark.
Only animals resident in the area , water buffalo, two endemic rodent species(native to the place and found nowhere else.) antelopes and gazelles and small animals such as the jerboa and several other mammals. Fish, snakes, bugs – found their way into the Ark ( Wikipedia Tigris Euphrates river system) and probably the odd camel or donkey and other immigrants to the area. ( Me being silly)
So no kangaroos, koalas, or any other creature not endemic to that geographic region entered he Ark – And no termites – And a fairly poor representation of all creatures that on earth do dwell.
Lucky Noah, did not have to do battle with Tiger Snakes, Red belly browns, Rattle snakes, Dingoes, or Polar Bears, nor tussle with ferocious Aborigine’s of America and Australia, or Greenland, for possession of same.
Both clean and unclean animals were taken into the ark, 7 pairs of the clean versus 2 pairs of the unclean animals. The Jewish Commentator Rashi intimates that Noah must have read Torah to know that there were unclean animals.
Of all the clean animals: that are destined to be clean for Israel. We learn [from here] that Noah studied the Torah. — [Zev. 116a] seven pairs: in order that he might offer up some as a sacrifice upon leaving [the ark]. — [Tan. Vayakhel 6]
Either there is an eternal Torah or Noah existed after Moses – A hypothesis shared by many biblical scholars today is that the first major comprehensive draft of the Pentateuch was composed in the late 7th or the 6th century BCE . Further prowling indicated that the primary source, before redaction was Jahwist and that chapter 7 was primarily Jahwist. 6th century BCE
( Redaction is editing) God’s Word edited perish the thought.
Therefore Noah existed before Moses but the story was not written down until the 7th or 6th BCE The Bible is a collection of Books written by several composers, most are recorded retrospectively and these authors wrote as they wrote to push a point of view or to use these stories to illustrate how certain things came about ergo the Creation Stories, the story of the Ark, and ascribe meaning to them.
The spiritual meaning of the Flood is evoked after Noah’s heroic survival.
Noah Builds an Altar
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. Genesis 8:20
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and nightshall not cease. Genesis 8:21( JKS)
- God then placed a rainbow in the sky as an unmistakable pledge of his promise in this covenant.
- God also renewed his commands given at creation but with two changes: man could now kill animals and eat meat, and the murder of a man would be punished by men.
When written fully this forms part of the Noahide Covenant of 7 Clauses see
The seven Noahide laws as traditionally enumerated are the following:
Not to worship idols.
Not to curse God.
To establish courts of justice.
Not to commit murder.
Not to commit adultery or sexual immorality.
Not to steal.
Not to eat flesh torn from a living animal.
Source: wikipedia Seven Laws of Noah