Reading the Bible – Episode 2: Noah

March 24th, 2015 § 1 comment

After God floods the earth, once the rain stops after 40 days, Noah sends a raven out off the boat who “went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth” then he sends a dove – the dove comes back with nothing, then heads out again, returns again, this time with an olive branch. This is proof the waters have abated, the year is 601, the first day of the first month.

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From Die Schedelsche Weltchronik

 

Later, once they are settled down again, God makes a covenant with Noah and says he’ll never do it again and “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud”

That’s a nice image. God also

“blessed Noah and his sons”

So, Noah now can relax a little, and in Genesis 9:20;

“Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard;

And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethern without.

And Shem and Japeth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their fathers nakedness.”

So, Noah gets drunk, one of his sons sees him naked, tells the others, they cover him up without looking.

“And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren”

So, Noah is pissed off because his son (Ham) has seen him naked, so he then curses his own Grandson (Canaan, Ham’s son) and condemns him to be a slave of slaves.

CONCLUSIONS

1. Nobody is concerned about the whereabouts of the raven.

2. God put a bow in the clouds. I am hoping to learn what became of this (or at least what natural phenomenon it refers to).

3. Nakedness is worse thank drunkenness. Unless seeing his father naked is not what is meant by Noah knowing “what his younger son had done unto him”. Is there some other unmentioned crime that Ham has committed while his father was drunk and naked?

4. Noah is a mean man who punishes his Grandson for his father’s (perceived) failings. However, it may be the case that as Noah and his sons are blessed by God, his grandson’s aren’t, so Noah can curse Canaan but not Ham.

 

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§ One Response to Reading the Bible – Episode 2: Noah

  • Linda J Fluke says:

    You Truly do not understand the Bible. You should not be doing this! Noah’s wife was raped by Ham. She bore a child. If you ask for understanding and put more verses into your reading YOU WOULD be able to understand better. You only ”took’ what YOU wanted to take and made a Presumption. You want to do this?? Go to a Scholar to get more info or go to Schooling !!

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