The flood (Wis 10:4-10:4)

“When the earth was flooded

Because of him,

Wisdom again saved it.

She steered the righteous man

By a paltry piece of wood.”

The flood seems to occur as in Genesis, chapters 6-8, because of Cain and his descendents. There is jump from Cain directly to the flood. It was wisdom (σοφία) and not God that saved the righteous men (τὸν δίκαιον) with a puny piece of wood (εὐτελοῦς ξύλου), what we call the ark.

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The decrease of the water (Gen 8:1-8:14)

“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.  The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth.   At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had abated.  And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The waters continued to abate until the tenth month.  In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.”

Finally, a wind blew and the waters subsided, as we pick up the sacerdotal tale. Once again out of chaos, Yahweh will help create a new world. This will be another creation story.  We will have a new world to start over again.  This is the second chance world.  The waters subsided and began to recede. So on the 17th day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains in Ararat, somewhere in Armenia. The waters went down until the tenth month when you could see the tops of the mountains.  They were at least eight months in the ark.  Here we have similarities to the Babylonian flood stories.

“At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made, and sent out a raven.  It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.  Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.  But the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him in the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put forth his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him.  He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark.  The dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf.  So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.  Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove.  It did not return to him anymore.”

Noah sent a raven, but it never returned.  Then he sent a dove, but it returned.  Then seven days later he sent the dove out again, but this time it returned with a leaf.  Another seven days passed and he sent the dove again, but it never returned. What a wonderful story.  Noah is testing the dry land.

“In the six hundred first year in the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth.  Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying.  In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.”

Then on Noah’s 651st year, on the first day of the first month, Noah took the cover off of the ark. Then on the 27th day of the second month the earth was dry.  Now we have our time line straight as they spent a little over a year on the ark.