|“||Ah, Noah. I don't like that guy. Not many angels do, really. Sure, we helped him survived the flood and all, but that's mostly because Father told us to. Though I have to admit, he did make some good-quality wine.||„|
Noah was the tenth and last of the pre-Flood patriarchs. Noah is portrayed as "the first tiller of the soil" and the inventor of wine.
Noah labored faithfully to build the Ark at God's command, ultimately saving not only his own family, but mankind itself and all land animals, from extinction during the Flood. Afterwards, God made a covenant with him and promised never again to destroy all the earth's creatures with a flood. The flood narrative is followed by the story of the Curse of Ham.
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The Great Flood
God intended to return the Earth to its pre-Creation state of watery chaos by flooding the Earth because of humanity's misdeeds and then remake it using the microcosm of Noah's ark. Thus, the flood was no ordinary overflow but a reversal of Creation. It was discussed the evil of mankind that moved God to destroy the world by the way of the flood, the preparation of the ark for certain animals, Noah, and his family, and God's guarantee for the continued existence of life under the promise that he would never send another flood.
After the Flood
After the flood, Noah offered burnt offerings to God, who said:
|“||I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
They were also told that all fowls, land animals, and fishes would be afraid of them. Furthermore, as well as green plants, every moving thing would be their food with the exception that the blood was not to be eaten. Man's life blood would be required from the beasts and from man.
|“||Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.||„|
A rainbow, called "my bow", was given as the sign of a covenant
|“||between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations||„|
called the Noahic covenant or the rainbow covenant.
After the flood, Noah became a husbandman and he planted a vineyard. He drank wine made from this vineyard, and got drunk; and lay "uncovered" within his tent. Noah's son Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his brothers, which led to Ham's son Canaan being cursed by Noah.
Noah died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950, the last of the extremely long-lived Antediluvian patriarchs. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, gradually diminishes thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses.