The Flood Narrative Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Flood Narrative
This paper discusses the flood narrative in the Bible and what happened when God flooded the world.
# 145087 | 4,106 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 25, 2010 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (The Bible) , Philosophy (Religion)

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In this article, the writer explains that the story of the great flood is one of the most well-known narratives in the Bible. The writer examines the flood story and the many interpretations that exist about the flood and the man called Noah. The writer notes that the story appears simple at first, but on closer examination, there are many nuances that create controversy. The writer maintains that theories as to the scope of the flood and whether the story should be treated as literal or symbolic have been the cause of many divisions among the Church. The writer concludes that the most important aspect of the flood narrative is that we have a covenant with God to worship and obey him.

Table of Contents:
The Setting
The Covenant
Come Inside the Ark
The Warnings Genesis 7:21-24
The Rains Came
A Lesson on Family Values

From the Paper:

"The story of the flood can be found in Genesis 6-8. In the story, God sees the wickedness of the world, which provokes his wrath. Noah and his family are deemed to be the only people worth saving. God warns Noah and tells him to build an ark, to precise specifications. Noah faithfully obeys. Noah is told to gather his family and all living creatures and enter the ark. The flood begins and the ark door is shut. The floods build for 40 days. All other living flesh on earth is destroyed by the flood.
"God dries up the waters. The ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat and Noah sends forth a dove. When the dove returns with an olive branch, Noah goes out of the ark and offers a sacrifice to God. God sends a rainbow as a promise that he will never flood the world again. This is the story as told to children around the globe, in its most simple form. However, as one delves into the individual verses, a much more complex story begins to emerge."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Constable, Thomas. Notes on Genesis. 2005 Edition. [online] 2005. Available from Internet.
  • Hardy, Randy. What Does Genesis Say About the Genesis Flood? 1999. Available from Internet.
  • Hayut-Man, Yitzhak. The Book of Genesis as a Redemptive Scenario and Guide for Re- Biography. The Academy Of Jerusalem - New Genesis Exegesis. The HOPE Cyber Library. [online] 1997. Available from Internet.
  • Henry, Matthew. Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary. [online] (1706, 2008). Available from, Internet.
  • Isaak, Mark. Problems with a Global Flood. Second Edition. 1998. [online] Available from Internet.

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