There are two separate flood stories in the book of Genesis that differ in important ways, notably in their depiction of God and in the finer details. The book of Genesis, based on studies of its grammar, style, and content, is considered a composite of three literary sources: Yahwist (J), Elohist (E), and the Priestly […]Comparing the Two Flood Stories of Genesis — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy
7.43 – 7.04 thousand years ago We’ve already seen that the whole Mediterranean basin once dried out for hundreds of thousands of years, only to be flooded in the course of just a few years once its connection with the Atlantic was restored. This happened 5.3 million years ago. Strikingly, recent findings suggest that there may have […]History became legend, legend became myth, 2 (Noah’s flood) — Logarithmic History
December of 1872 marked a watershed in biblical studies. At a highly publicized lecture for the Society for Biblical Archaeology, with British Prime Minister William Gladstone in attendance, an Assyriologist named George Smith revealed the startling contents of a tablet he had recently discovered. The tablet, one of 25,000 or so that had been excavated […]Noah’s Flood: Competing Visions of a Mesopotamian Tradition — Is That in the Bible?
There are SO many great scientific sites out there with huge amounts of information on this subject that it’s just . . . daunting. So my plan is to pull out seven of the important points and list them here. Then I will put a number of links at the end for those of you […]Why the Noah’s Flood Story Cannot Be True — From Fundie to Atheist
The Deluge (by Leon Comerre—Musee de Beaux Arts de Nantes) Almost all Christian denominations, including the marginal ones like the Mormons (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), believe the Bible to be the Word of God. The far greater majority of these denominations, again also marginal ones like Jehovah’s Witnesses, even believe every […]The Flood — Faith, Science & Reason
The great flood A flood myth or deluge myth is a narrative in which a great flood, usually sent by a deity or deities, destroys civilization, often in an act of divine retribution. Parallels are often drawn between the flood waters of these myths and the primaeval waters found in certain creation myths, as the […]