~~~~~Lesson: Genesis, chapters 7-10
Flood narratives abound in ancient cultures. A few examples:
Mesopotamian account (found in library of Assyrian king)- one of the highest gods becomes annoyed with the noise the humans are making, so he decides to flood the Earth and kill them. But a different god finds a man named Utnaphishtum, has him build a boat, and he survives the flood. He also sends out three birds, the last of which doesn’t return.
Akkadian account- almost identical, but main character is named Atra-hasis.
Sumerian version- very early version which includes the creation of the world. Main character is named Ziusudra.
(From later cultures, there is a flood narrative involving Zeus and another involving the native Americans….see: http://folktalesmyths.suite101.com/article.cfm/flood_myths for further info)
Question: Does the existence of multiple flood stories make the Biblical story false? Or more true? Why?
~Reading: Genesis: Chapters 7-10
(17-23) The flood continued upon the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark, so that it rose above the earth. The swelling waters increased greatly, but the ark floated on the surface of the waters. Higher and higher above the earth rose the waters, until all the highest mountains everywhere were submerged, the crest rising fifteen cubits higher than the submerged mountains. All creatures that stirred on earth perished: birds, cattle, wild animals, and all that swarmed on the earth, as well as all mankind. Everything on dry land with the faintest breath of life in its nostrils died out. The Lord wiped out every living thing on earth: man and cattle, the creeping things and the birds of the air; all were wiped out from the Earth. Only Noah and those with him in the ark were left.
Chapter 8- paraphrased
After the flood, Noah sent out birds to see when the water had dropped. The third time he sent the dove out, it did not return, meaning it had found a new home. God sent Noah's family forth and promised never again to wipe out man with waters of the flood.
Chapter 9 & 10- paraphrased
God speaks with Noah, promising not to flood the earth with water again, and giving the creatures over to man. List of the descendants of Noah and his sons
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