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The theory that 120 years refers to the remaining life of Adam does not seem to be supportable from the chronology in chapter 5: Genesis 5 tells us that Adam lived for 930 years, so this statement would have happened when he was 810 years old. According to the chronology in chapter 5, this places the statement after the birth of Methusela (Noah's ...


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Since our goal is to understand what the author of the text meant by what he wrote, it is more helpful to look at how the event is described by the author, in the text than to get hung up on semantic possibilities, ANE discoveries, or personal beliefs. The author clearly meant it to be understood as a global event. In addition to the evidence you already ...


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Great question! Although, when discussing the Nephilim we are not afforded the luxury of certainty, we still have the capacity of right thinking. Genesis 6:4 (HCSB) The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the ...


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While OP poses his question in these terms... What then is the significance of Noah's name meaning "rest" or "comfort" and how does it relate to the flood narrative? ...I will adjust that slightly and work with this (alterations indicated in square brackets): What then is the [meaning] of Noah's name [...] and [...] does it relate to the flood ...


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This is really just a case of the Amplified Bible being a bad translation. Compare all the other translations listed here; they all just say "destroy the earth". Possibly it is trying to clarify what type of destruction was involved. Clearly the earth wasn't completely destroyed. Instead it was more like it was purged, or levelled, or erased. But if that's ...


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This is one of the most commonly misunderstood passages in the Bible. First, Matthew 24:36 is not addressing Jesus' second coming. Jesus' sentence doesn't really end there, but continues, explaining the meaning with the flood example for context. And what happened in Noah's time? Jesus' listeners knew the story well. Jews of that time made it a practice ...


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The description of Jesus' second coming in Matt 24 is both grand, big and dramatics, eg, V27 - visible from east to west V29 - sun and moon darkened and stars shaken V30 - all the peoples of the earth will morn as they will all see the coming of the Son of man with power and great glory V31 - accompanied by a loud trumpet call of God to gather all the elect ...


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The word for a miscarried child is nephel (נֵפֶל, cf. Job 3:16), not naphil (נָפִיל). The word "abortion" (הַפָּלָה in later Hebrew) doesn't appear in the Bible (discounting this case). Exodus 21:22 gives the case of two people fighting and accidentally causing a woman to miscarry. The paradigm case of abortion is apparently accidental miscarriage, not the ...


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I must take issue with the idea that "The author clearly meant it to be understood as a global event." This is not even a possibility! The Hebrew author, whomever one wants to say he was, was not aware of a "global" world. This was not even a possible perspective for a person living in the world of that day. There was no knowledge of a "global world" at that ...


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Why were ocean animals spared from this destruction if "man to all animals to creeping things to birds of the sky" would all perish? Fish are not in the categories of man, animals, creeping things, or birds of the sky. This is because the only possible category which would include them would be "animals", but the Hebrew word here is "...


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The Distinction between "Nephesh cHayah" (נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה) & "Nishemat Chayim" (נִשְׁמַ֣ת חַיִּ֑ים): In [Bereishit (Genesis) 1:30] * "Nephesh cHayah" (נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה) is translated literally in English as Spirit-of Living or "Living Spirit". "Nephesh cHayah" is given to all of the Beasts (חַיַּ֣ת) of ...


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Rex Wyler says, in The Jesus Sayings, page 73, that to the ancients, the dove depicted a new beginning. Thus, the representation is not so much of peace, but in each case, a new beginning: The end of the Flood represents a new beginning, with Noah and his family repopulating the earth. The symbolism was so widespread that in the Epic of Gilgamesh, in the ...


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How do the waters of Noah's flood correspond to baptism (1 Peter 3:21)? The whole earth was covered with water. All wicked people were wiped out. When the earth was flooded people either lived or died. That was the judgement. If you didn't follow what God said and weren't in the ark with Noah, then you died. When you are baptised in water this "...


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The waters in 2 Pet 3:5 are those from which the Earth was formed. So it refers to Gen 1, before the waters were separated and dry land appeared. 2 Pet 3:6 refers to the flood/deluge, likely of Gen 7. It states that they are the same waters because the waters did not change, but were separated and moved by Elohim/Yahweh.


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Introduction Water Baptism When we are baptised, we are submerged into water (symbolising our burial with Christ) in the name of the Trinity and then we are raised up (symbolising our resurrection with Christ). (cf. Romans 6:1-6, Matthew 28:19) Washing of Water Water (a medium of cleansing) is the symbol of our union with Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:26 ...


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This is a very important concept and is part of what is known as the creation archetype: that is, creation is both a metaphor and motif that often appears, in some areas, pervades the stories of Scripture demonstrating its unity. in this case we have for the creation narative: Spirit hovering - creation is about to begin darkness become light waters above ...


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My understanding comes partly from having read the book 'The Genesis Flood' by Morris and Whitcomb in about the year 1968 when I was seventeen years old and I still am influenced by it. See the Wikipedia article about this book and its influence. The earth was a rich place prior to the Flood. The climate would have been temperate and humid, possibly tropical....


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Your analysis is reasoned out. However, you need to consider scripture, not just reasoning… GEN 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. This verse even in a simple reading reflects that at ...


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This is a question skeptics like to ask, but they usually do not consider that the very mountains by which they try to estimate the height of the waters were pushed up to such lofty altitudes by the techtonic plate movements that continued after the Flood. When the Flood occurred, Mt. Everest was not yet a mountain. The Biblical evidence of the techtonic ...


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Two things occurred after the flood: Gen 9:2 - The fear and dread of you will fall on every living creature on the earth, every bird of the air, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. Gen 9:3, 4 - Everything that lives and moves will be food for you; just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you all things. But you ...


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Is Jesus implying that his 2nd coming will be a literal worldwide event as in the days of Noah? Matthew 24:36-44 Answer: Absolutely. My post on this subject may not be the popular one. It is definitely not easy to understand; I suspect most who read it will walk away scratching their heads because it will require some amount of reflection on the distinction ...


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YES, there are several Hebrew phrases repeated between Genesis 1 and the various chapters in the Flood narrative, so much so that I think the Flood narrative is consciously referencing Genesis 1. The first parallel is actually an anti-parallel; everything God creates in Genesis 1 is "טוֹב" (good) and the people on earth in Genesis 6 are "רעע/...


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“Was the flood caused by rain or the waters above and below the earth?” That’s precisely what is being said OT cosmology does not mirror modern secular cosmology. It was the heavens (three) separated by a firmament between the first and second heaven which also held up the waters above as per day two of creation “And God said, “Let there be a firmament in ...


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Psalm 104:2-23 is clearly a parody of Gen 1 as follows: Day 1: Light - Gen 1:3-5 vs Ps 104:2 Day 2: waters above and below - Gen 1:6-8 vs Ps 104:6 Day 3: dry land and vegetation - Gen 1:9-13 vs Ps 104:7-18 Day 4: Moon and sun - Gen 1:14-19 vs Ps 104:19 Day 5: fish and birds - Gen 1:20-23 vs -? Day 6: animals and mankind - Gen 1:24-27 vs Ps 104:20-23 ...


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Current mainstream Christian and Rabbinical traditions choose option 1 instead of option 2. Thus there were giants in those days (before the flood) and also afterwards (after the flood). The giants after the flood were descended from the giants before the flood (a slight point in favor of the flood not being global). Goliath and his odd kinsmen were examples ...


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