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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

The Hebrew word תֵּבָה (tebah) occurs 28 times in the OT and simply means (literally), chest, box, coffin, etc. That is, a box-like container used to house and protect some contents that are (by ...
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Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?

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 ...
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What shape was Noah's Ark?

According to Genesis, Noah's ark was box shaped. At 300 cubits long (450 feet), 50 cubits wide (75 feet), and 30 cubits high (45 feet), the shape is not round. Genesis 6:15-16 And this is the fashion ...
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What is meant by "clean" and "unclean" animals in Genesis 7?

It is the generally accepted view in Midrashic literature that God communicated to the Patriarchs which animals were clean (Heb.טָהוֹר) and which were unclean (Heb.טָמֵא) for the purpose of sacrifice. ...
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Why didn't Noah's righteousness/faith save his generation in Genesis 7?

First, regarding Abraham. Note that it would not be the righteousness of Abraham that could potentially secure the saving of all the inhabitants in the Sodom and Gomorrah region. That would require ...
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Was Enoch taken because he was righteous? Genesis 5:24

It is clear from the text of Genesis 5 that Enoch was certainly viewed as being different from the other patriarchs. The major differences we can see within the text itself are that Enoch a) died ...
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Shouldn’t it read her tent? Genesis 9:21

The Masoretic vowelization here isn't changing the meaning of the consonantal text. The letter ה as a suffix is used throughout the Bible, though less often than ו, to represent the /o/ that marks ...
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How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?

As noted in other answers, the meaning of גֹּפֶר seems lost to us, and any translation must therefore be speculative. To support the translation "cypress", however, consider the following extract from ...
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What is the significance of Noah's name?

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 ...
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Does Genesis indicate everyone has Noah's sons as common ancestors?

The short answer is…Yes. According to the text in Genesis 5 through Genesis 10, every person living today is a descendant of Shem, Ham, or Japheth. Reading Gen 5:32 through Gen 10:32 reveals that ...
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Did original Scripture say Noah was a "son" of 600 years when the water landed?

Gen. 7:6 says that Noah was (literally) ‘the son of 600 years’ ( בן שש מאות שנה) when the flood began. This is an idiom in Hebrew, and in other Semitic languages (e.g. Arabic and Syriac) meaning ‘600 ...
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How is Japheth is enlarged if confined to the tents of Shem? Gen 9:27

God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. - Genesis 9:27 There is no indication that anything in this verse is mutually exclusive. That is ...
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Is it the case that Noah, his family, and all the animals had but one small window to breathe through (Gen. 6:16)?

Is it the case that Noah, his family, and all the animals had but one small window to breathe through (Gen. 6:16)? In the article "Ark" under the heading "Design and Size", the ...
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Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?

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 ...
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What is meant by "clean" and "unclean" animals in Genesis 7?

Those same phrases of clean and unclean (in Hebrew, טהור and טמא, Vulgate: mundus and inmundus) appear in Leviticus chapter 11, with lists and guidelines regarding certain animals. For example, "Every ...
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Noah's father Lamech and the Lord's curse

I have a line of thought on this that leads to a conclusion that Lamech would have had what he considered divine insight into an expectation that his son, Noah, was likely destined to play a role of ...
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"Out of the ground" or "Because of the ground" in Genesis 5:29

Green's literal, interlinear Hebrew translation of the Masoretic text of Genesis 5:29 gives : This one/shall comfort us/from our work/and the toil of/our hands/from/the ground/ which Jehovah has ...
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Why did Noah Curse Canaan and not Ham?

According to Genesis 9:1 Ham had already been blessed by God And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth God word is final so when Ham ...
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How long did Noah take building the ark?

According to scripture, Genesis 6:3 reveals a "countdown" toward the flood of 120 years (though there is some contention with this interpretation of the 120 years). However, in Genesis 6:14-18 we are ...
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"clean" and "unclean" animals in both Genesis and Leviticus

Genesis 7 includes Hebrew words translated as "clean" and "not clean." Leviticus 11 includes Hebrew words translated as "clean" and "unclean." Both "unclean" and "not clean" mean the same thing in ...
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Why did Noah Curse Canaan and not Ham?

My understanding is that "Ham, the father of Canaan, SAW THE NAKEDNESS OF HIS FATHER" is an euphemism. Lev_18:8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's ...
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Is Jesus implying that his second coming will be a literal, extraordinary worldwide event akin to Noah's flood? Matthew 24:36-44

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 ...
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Is Jesus implying that his second coming will be a literal, extraordinary worldwide event akin to Noah's flood? Matthew 24:36-44

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 ...
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Based on Genesis 6:15-16, Could an adult male Giraffe (18-feet tall) actually stand in the 15-ft tall decks of the multi leveled 30-Cubit Ark?

This is by no means an exhaustive list of scenarios where Scripture holds true, but there are many scenarios where if we assume the ark was exactly 45ft feet and the giraffes were 18ft, we can still ...
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Does Genesis 9:5 prohibit killing oneself?

Given that life is a gift from God, and that blood represents God-given life, that is why the Bible says such a lot about respectful use of blood. Not even animal blood was to be consumed by humans ...
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Why does Noah curse Canaan?

Whatever the act perpretated by Ham, whether merely seeing his father naked, or taking advantage of Noah's drunken stupor to homosexually rape him, in Genesis 9:24-25 Noah clearly regards it as worthy ...
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