I realize it has been a while since I wrote to you. I recently started a new job, and now that I am at least temporarily acclimatized, I will take this opportunity to return to the tale of Noah.
Chapter 8 provides further details of the story, and how the ark came to rest on dry land.
- The waters abated after 150 days
- The ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month of Noah’s 600th year
- The waters continue to assuage (lessen). After abating until the first day of the 10th month the tops of mountains were seen.
- Another 40 days passed and then a raven was released and that raven went “forth to and fro until the waters were dried up.”
- Beginning that same day, the dove was released, and the dove returned. On a weekly basis, that same dove continued to be released and that dove continued to return until it had found dry land.
- On the first day of the first month of Noah`s 601st year, Noah removed the covering of the ark.
- On the 20th day of the second month of Noah`s 601st year the earth was dried and the creatures of the ark were set free to once again “breed abundantly” upon the earth.
- Shortly thereafter Noah built an altar on which he and his family sacrificed one of every clean beast and fowl, and God smelled a “sweet savour.”
- God, feeling a little contrite, vows to never again “smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”
- God appears to have a deep appreciation for a good barbecue.
- This second moment is courtesy of the BBC and Mrs. Brown
Art History Moments
- The icon for this page is from Kazuya Akimoto’s 2009 painting “Noah’s Ark after the flood.”
- Dr. Stuart Whatling (1), in the course of writing his PhD thesis took a wonderful set of photos of the medieval (13th C) stained glass in Chartres cathedral. One of those windows is called the “Noah” window. Below is a photo of one of the 40 panels from that window.
Bibliography and Footnotes
- (1) The Corpus of Medieval Narrative Art www.medievalart.org.uk