The Great Deluge

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The Great Deluge

A Brief Overview

Spencer K. Jones

Great Basin College, Course Phil-200

Fall Semester, 2012

Overview

The story of Noah and the Great Flood is one that most of us have heard at one time or another. There are, however, different versions and beliefs based on the source of the story the person hears. I grew up in the LDS church, so the version I grew up with is the one told in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Basically the story tells of a man, Noah, who was the most righteous man living at a time shortly after the dawn of man. Man had become so wicked that God wanted to destroy everything he had created. But because Noah was righteous, he would save Noah. So he told Noah to build an ark, in which he and his family would live with a number of animals representing all the animals of the world. While living in the ark, God would make it rain for 40 days and 40 nights and flood the entire world, killing everything that existed on land; not only people, but all the plants and animals as well. After building the ark, God had Noah collect one male and one female of all the creatures (beasts, insects, etc.) and seven of the “clean” beasts, and to take them into the ark. Once Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives, and all the animals were on board the ark, God made it rain. After it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, the entire world was flooded, and the water was so high that it reached over the tops of the mountains. As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat. Noah let out a raven first, and then a dove on three more occasions. When he released the dove the second time, the dove returned with an olive branch. The third time the dove was released, it did not return. Then Noah and his family left the ark, and released all the animals. God then created a rainbow as a promise that he would never again flood the earth.

King James Version

The account recorded in the Holy Bible is generally accepted as the accurate account in the Christian world, aside from scientific considerations. The account is recorded in the book of Genesis. Although the life of Noah is contained in chapters five through ten inclusive, the account of the flood is found within chapters six, seven, and eight; or half the number of chapters.

In this account, the first main issue mentioned is that the sons of God were marrying the daughters of men. It continues on to say that evil was continually in the thoughts of men and that they were continually looking for evil things to do; so much so that there was nothing they didn’t do. God became so upset that he decided to destroy the earth and every living thing. However, Noah had found grace in the eyes of God so God decided to save him. God told Noah to build an ark, and the bible specifically states that the ark is to be made out of gopher wood and sealed with pitch both inside and out. It was to have a one-cubit large window on the top, and a door on the side. There were to be three levels with rooms on each level. The ark was to be 100 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. Once this was completed, God told Noah to go collect seven of each species of clean beasts, male and female, and two of the unclean beasts. There were to also be seven of each of the fowls of the air. Noah had seven days to collect these animals and get them into the ark before God started the flood.

The Holy Bible states that the rains began in the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month. Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, all entered the ark on the same day that the flood began. It rained for forty days and forty nights. The account states that the flood rose 15 cubits and covered all of the mountains, and that the waters prevailed for 150 days. Then God caused a wind to pass over the waters (much like the account...
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