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Old Testament Week 6: Noah
Old Testament
Week 6: Noah

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Adult Religion Class

Ancient flood myths

Akkadian Epic of Atra-Hasis (c. 18th century B.C.)

Ancient flood myths Akkadian Epic of Atra-Hasis (c. 18th century B.C.) Neo-Assyrian Epic of Gilgamesh (c.

Neo-Assyrian Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 7th century B.C.)

Ancient flood myths Akkadian Epic of Atra-Hasis (c. 18th century B.C.) Neo-Assyrian Epic of Gilgamesh (c.

Genesis vs. other flood stories

Mesopotamian Genesis account myths Motivation of gods/God Jealousy, selfishness, fear Hero, defiant Human courage Punishment for
Mesopotamian
Genesis account
myths
Motivation of
gods/God
Jealousy,
selfishness,
fear
Hero,
defiant
Human courage
Punishment for sin
The man
Moral of the
Righteous,
obedient
Obedience to God
story

Prologue

Wickedness, secret combinations among Cain’s posterity (Moses 5:51).

• The Lord’s promise to Enoch (Moses 7:3334).

Moral issues of the Flood

―In giving us a much fuller account than the Bible of how the Flood came about, the book

of Enoch settles the moral issue with several telling parts:

1. God’s reluctance to send the Flood and

his great sorrow at the event.

Moral issues of the Flood ―In giving us a much fuller account than the Bible of
  • 2. The peculiar brand of wickedness that made the

Flood mandatory.

  • 3. The frank challenge of the wicked to have God do

his worst.

  • 4. The happy and beneficial side of the eventit did

have a happy outcome.‖ Hugh Nibley, November 1975

Moral issues of the Flood

God and nature mourn because of sin (Moses 7:28, 37, 40, 45).

The Lord encourages Enoch (Moses 7:4445).

The Lord delays the Flood because of Enoch (Moses 7:5052).

Noah

חנ (nh) = ―comfort, rest.‖ • Received the priesthood, preached repentance (Moses 8:1920).

• He and his sons ―walked with God‖

(Genesis 6:9; Moses 8:27).

Sons of God & daughters of men

Genesis 6:14; compare 1 Enoch 67.

  • Nephilim (םיליפנ), the offspring of divine beings.

  • ―Giants‖ (Moses 7:15; 8:18; Numbers 13:3233).

Moses 8:1318: Unrighteous humans.

• ―It repented the LORD that he had made man‖ (Genesis 6:57).

  • םחניו (naw-kham), ―was grieved,‖ or ―was sorry.‖

  • Compare Moses 8:25.

“The whole earth”

• Locusts ―covered the face of the whole earth‖ (Exodus 10:15).

A famine ―over all the face of the earth‖ (Genesis 41:56).

• ―All the world should be taxed‖

(Luke 2:1).

• ―The waters were on the face of the whole earth‖ (Genesis 8:9).

The focus of the story

  • 7 days

 

7:4

7

days

7:10

40

days

7:14

150

days

7:24

GOD REMEMBERED NOAH

8:1

150

days

8:3

40

days

8:6

7

days

8:10

  • 7 days

 

8:12

The Flood as a baptism

―The waters were assuaged; the earth came

forth clothed with innocence, like the

new-born child, having been baptized or born again from the ocean flood; and thus the old earth was buried with all its deeds,

and arose to newness of life, its sins being

The Flood as a baptism ―The waters were assuaged; the earth came forth clothed with innocence,

washed away, even as man has to be immersed in

water to wash away his own personal sins.‖ Elder Orson Pratt, July 1852

The message of Noah’s story

Obedience: ―Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him‖ (Genesis 7:5; 6:22).

The Lord’s mercy, love, and protection. The Lord prepares a way (cf. 1 Nephi 3:7; 17:3).

• ―The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.‖

Without God’s intervention and mercy, chaos, death, and destruction would overwhelm us (Mosiah 2:21).

After Noah

Noah, Ham, and Canaan (Genesis 9:2027).

• ―Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided‖ (Genesis 10:25).

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After Noah

The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:19; cf. Ether 1:3343).

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