Friday, April 4, 2014

"Noah" - The 3,300-Year-Old Version of the Story

Many religious traditionalists have been harshly criticizing the recently released movie "Noah" for its distortion of the Bible’s sacred chronicle. Rather than indulging in criticisms that accomplish little, I am going to present some aspects of the ancient Jewish version of Biblical story that has great modern relevance.

This, in a nutshell, is a much abridged version of the Biblical tale. The people of that era grew terribly decadent and debauched, save for Noah. The Almighty therefore flooded and destroyed the world except for Noah, his family, and representatives of the animals who all survived aboard the Ark. After the water receded and Noah left the Ark, God promised that He would never again smite the world in so devastating a manner. What follows are some amplifications on this saga taken from ancient Jewish texts. [more...]

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