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Noah(nō`ə) [Heb.,=to rest], in the Bible, the builder of the arkark,
in the Bible. 1 Boat of Noah, which he built at God's command to preserve his family and certain creatures from the Deluge. 2 Ark of the Covenant, the sacred wooden chest of the Hebrews, representative of God or identified with Him.
..... Click the link for more information. . Righteous Noah and his family were the only people God saved from a world sunk in sin. At divine direction Noah built the ship that saved human and animal life from the DelugeDeluge
, in the Bible, the overwhelming flood that covered the earth and destroyed every living thing except the family of Noah and the creatures in his ark. Archaeology has yielded little trace of the biblical flood, but some oceanographers and geophysicists have speculated
..... Click the link for more information. , after which God established a covenant with him. According to biblical ethnography, Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, are eponymous ancestors of races as humankind is divided in the Bible. The story has similarities with other Middle Eastern accounts of the Deluge in the GilgameshGilgamesh
, in Babylonian legend, king of Uruk. He is the hero of the Gilgamesh epic, written on 12 tablets c.2000 B.C. and discovered among the ruins at Nineveh. The epic was lost when the library of the Assyrian king Assurbanipal was destroyed in 612 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. epic and in the Babylonian myth of Atrahasis.
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the hero of the biblical myth of the great flood. In Noah can be found traits of heroes of Sumerian (Ziusudra) and Babylonian (Utnapishtim) mythology.
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inebriated from wine, sprawls naked in tent. [O.T.: Genesis 9:20–23]
with family and animals, escapes the Deluge. [O.T.: Genesis 8:15–19]
saved from flood because of his faith. [O.T.: Genesis 6-10]
with his sons, deemed by God worth saving from His destructive flood. [O.T.: Genesis 6–10]
only devout man of time; saved from flood. [O.T.: Genesis 6: 9–22]
chosen by God to escape the deluge. [O.T.: Genesis 5–9]
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Old Testament a Hebrew patriarch, who saved himself, his family, and specimens of each species of animal and bird from the Flood by building a ship (Noah's Ark) in which they all survived (Genesis 6--8)
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