7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Gen 7

Rashi on this verse notes the strange ordering of this verse ‘And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife’ to indicate that marital relations did not take place on the Ark as the men and women were separated from each other. Otherwise the verse would say ‘And Noah went in, his wife and his sons’ and their wives’.

According to the sages the wife of Noah was Naamah.

22 And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Gen 4

Naamah descended from the ignoble line of Cain and yet chooses the ark and lives separate from her husband. Was the flood not an opportunity to wipe out the line of Cain? May be this teaches us something: Naamah demonstrates that it is indeed possible to repent and choose to do the right thing, after all choice was offered to all was it not? But has it always been the case that the choice and the power to choose has always been with us?

6 And the LORD said unto Cain: ‘Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.‘ Gen 4

Puts ideas of original sin and total depravity where one is incapable of doing anything into the ‘falsehood’ bin somewhat?


One thought on “Noach

  1. Thank you for your great article Menashe 🙂

    There is so much to think about. For example. Do we have free will? Or how much we have it. To me it’s kinda logical to think that God/Creator owns and operates everything.

    Psalm 139:16 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
    16 Your eyes could see me as an embryo,
    but in your book all my days were already written;
    my days had been shaped
    before any of them existed.

    I think “Voice” is suitable. At least occasionally 🙂

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    Exodus 33:19 King James Version (KJV)
    19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

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