Genesis 8 – The Deluge Part 3 – The Raven Returns

Dear Reader,

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.

Summary

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.”

Humorous Moments

  • 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.”
    akimoto-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.
    Chartres-Noah-Dove Panel

J

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2 thoughts on “Genesis 8 – The Deluge Part 3 – The Raven Returns”

  1. So after helping a very small number of animals survive a deluge, and at a time when the genetic diversity of the creatures is at the lowest level ever, what do they do? Kill some of them. Smart move that.
    You didn’t mention it, but I seem to recall the dove bringing back some vegetation. So either the flood didn’t cover everything, or stuff grows in the silt really quickly. And where oh where did all the water go? People that say it evaporated need to learn how to do math.

    1. Keith,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it is true that on one of the dove’s sojourns the dove returned with an olive leaf, and thus Noah new that the waters were abated. As you have alluded to, the silt was saturated with miracle grow.
      J

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