It turns out that I can’t make tables with this version of WordPress unless I want to directly to do the html formatting for it, which I used to know but have long since forgotten. So instead, I’ll do my comparisons in a more bullet-point fashion:

Reasons for the Flood:

  • LORD God: Sons of god make giant children with human women, and this is somehow connected to human hearts being wicked. (6.1-8) See Enoch for details.
  • God: Everything is lawless and violent, including all the animals. (6.11-12)

How to prepare:

  • LORD God: Take seven pairs of every clean animal, two pairs of every unclean animal, and seven pairs of every bird (7.2-3). Bear in mind that clean vs unclean animals won’t be outlined until Leviticus, several books later.
  • God: Take two of every animal, plus very explicit instructions on the specifications of the ark (6.14-21)

How the flood happened:

  • LORD God: It rains for 40 days and nights (7.12), after which Noah opens up the Ark, which is apparently still floating. (8.6)
  • God: On the 17th day of the 2nd month, God opens the windows of heaven and the fountains of the deep. (7.11) After 150 days, on the 15th day of the 7th month, the ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat, and the waters continue to decrease until the first day of the tenth month. (8.1-5)

How Noah knew the flood was over:

  • LORD God: Noah first sends out a crow, then later a dove, to check whether the land has dried yet. This takes two weeks. (8.10-12)
  • God: On the 1st day of the 1st month, Noah opens his window and sees that the earth is drying up. On the 27th day of the 2nd month, this process is complete and God directly tells him to leave. (8.13-17)

What happens after:

  • LORD God: Noah takes some of the clean animals he brought along, builds an altar, and makes a sacrifice to God. God likes the smell and decides that he will never punish the earth for human wickedness, because our hearts are wicked from youth. Remember that in this version, the cause was only human wickedness, not the wickedness of other creatures. (8.20-22)
  • God: God makes a covenant with Noah (the next chapter).

I don’t do this to point out “contradictions” in the story. I do this to point that there are two stories, which internally are not contradictory. It’s just that the editors decided not to tell the stories sequentially, like in Genesis 1 and 2, but simultaneously, like Baccano!, perhaps to preserve the narrative flow.

Japanese learned in this chapter: kokoro ni tomeru (to keep in mind, continuing to remember) (v 1), hiku (I didn’t know this word, “to pull,” could be used for “to ebb”) (v 2), mohaya (no longer) (v 12), nagameru (to gaze at) (v 13), ooseninatta (“said,” in a very polite form used when superiors give you orders) (v 15), saidan (altar), kizuku (to build), sasagemono (sacrifice) (all v 20), nadameru (to soothe), kaku (to smell) (both v 21), and tanemaki (planting) (v 22).

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