Icons of the Bible: Noah, The Pre-Flood World & The Ark
Updated: Sep 25, 2022
The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture. - Andy
The Story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible
The Great Flood (known as the mabul in Hebrew) was sent by G‑d in the year 1656 of Creation (2105 BCE), to cleanse the earth of mankind’s corrupt ways. The only survivors were Noah, his family, and representatives of every living species, who found refuge in a specially designed ark.
The story is told in detail in Genesis 6-11, which form the Parshah of Noach.1
The Pre-Flood World
The world preceding the Flood was marked by abundance, health, and prosperity. The average human lifespan lasted many hundreds of years, and the climate across the globe was temperate and pleasant.2
Unfortunately, mankind took advantage of this blissful lifestyle, and corruption became rampant. With the exception of a few select individuals,3 society indulged in theft, idolatry, and incest. This all came to a head in the year 1536 of Creation (2225 BCE), when G‑d first foretold the events that would come to pass.
Noah Builds the Ark
Scripture tells us that Noah, a ninth-generation descendant of Adam and Eve, was a righteous and upright man. G‑d informed Noah of his plans to eradicate mankind due to their evil ways, and instructed him to build an ark, in which he and his family were to take refuge. Joining them in the ark would be a select few creatures of every species (other than fish, that survived the Flood unscathed): two from every non-kosher animal, and seven (or fourteen4) of every kosher animal.." from the article: The Story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible
Was Noah's Ark and Flood Real and Historical? - Dr. Michael Heiser
Video from Bible Nerds
"Old Testament and Ancient Languages scholar Dr. Michael Heiser discusses the historicity of Noah's flood. We're all familiar with the story of Noah's ark and the flood, but was it real? Science and archeology may disprove the flood was real, but if it was a local or regional flood, it gets harder to do that. Heiser makes a case that Noah's flood very well could have been regional and local. Modernists and secular archeologists like to try to debunk the historicity of the Bible by using geology and other sciences. The Bible wasn't meant to be a science textbook. That is not it's purpose. It's purpose is to teach us spiritual truths about God, point to Jesus as our Savior, and show us how to have a relationship with Him. The flood story is not about just pure historical raw record. It's meant to convey the meaning of sin and the curse and death that arises from it. Noah's ark is the symbol of how we are saved, not just from God's wrath and judgment, but from our sins." from the video introduction.