Genesis flood narrative

The Genesis flood narrative (chapters 6–9 of the Book of Genesis) is the Hebrew version of the universal flood myth.[1][lower-alpha 1] It tells of God's decision to return the universe to its pre-creation state of watery chaos and remake it through the microcosm of Noah's ark.[2]

The Flood of Noah and Companions (c. 1911) by Léon Comerre. Musée d'Arts de Nantes

The Book of Genesis was probably composed around the 5th century BCE,[3] although some scholars believe that Primeval history (chapters 1–11), including the flood narrative, may have been composed and added as late as the 3rd century BCE.[4][5] It draws on two sources, called the Priestly source and the non-Priestly or Yahwist,[6] and although many of its details are contradictory,[7] the story forms a unified whole.[8]

A global flood as described in this myth is inconsistent with the physical findings of geology, paleontology, and the global distribution of species.[9][10][11] A branch of creationism known as flood geology is a pseudoscientific attempt to argue that such a global flood actually occurred.[12] Some Christians have preferred to interpret the narrative as describing a local flood, instead of a global event.[13]


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