On Not Screwing Up the Noah Story


Dr. Platypus

Pete Enns’s musings about the ark museum in Kentucky have led him to propose three important road signs for navigating the story successfully. Since my REL 130 students will be grappling with this story next week, I thought I’d link to what Dr. Enns has to say. The all-too-insufficient summary goes like this:

  1. The flood story seems to be rooted in history.
  2. The story of Noah and the flood, though rooted in history, is also rooted in the stories told among other ancient people living in or near Mesopotamia.
  3. The story does not depict an “accurate” account of history, but the ancient Israelites’ understanding of that long-past event that survived in cultural memory.

And here’s a brief snippet to encourage you to hop on over and see what Dr. Enns is getting at:

The reason given in Genesis for this need to start over is human wickedness. Now, this raises (and has raised for…

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Published by Vincent S Artale Jr

Biblical studies, Health and Nutrition, Biology, Fitness, Hiking, Reading. Re-blogging doesn't equal agreement.

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