Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More Than Eight Survived The Flood of Noah!

The purpose of this post is to expand your thinking about the Flood of Noah. So that you will consider the hypothesis that more people survived this flood, than the eight mentioned in sacred scripture. This will involve a new look at the scripture texts. To the end of demonstrating that sacred scripture its self; supports the proposition that more than eight people survived the flood.

So what does scripture say about the flood? “And the Lord said to him: Go in thou and all thy house into the ark: for thee I have seen just before me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1) This first passage seems general enough, and doesn’t specify numbers of people. “And Noe went in and his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons with him into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.” (Genesis 7:7) Now the numbers narrow down to his immediate family. It seems like a strict interpretation is needed. After the flood, they disembarked. “And the sons of Noe who came out of the ark, were Sem, Cham, and Japheth: and Cham is the father of Chanaan. These three are the sons of Noe: and from these was all mankind spread over the whole earth.” (Genesis 9: 18 – 19) This passage could be interpreted two ways. Strictly there were only these three sons. Alternatively, if might mean they were the three leaders, who directed those who repopulated the earth.

Finally, there is this New testament scripture. “Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls , were saved by water.” (I Peter 3:20) The plain text states a few, eight souls were saved. That would seem to be a open and shut case! Believers in the Old Testament are left with a strict interpretation. Eight people alone survived with a ark of animals. But wait; maybe there is more in the Old Testament. Which will open up other possible interpretations.

Let’s start looking at some other scripture passages which give us some details about the ages of the survivors. Genesis Chapter ten and eleven, lists a genealogical tree from Adam to Noe, and after the flood. Looking at the ages of the flood patriarchs, when the flood happened in there days. I will attempt to show that more than eight survived the flood! We have to focus on Sems family; since scripture only gives details about the line the Hebrews come from. It states, “The sons of Sem: Elam, Assur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.” (Genesis 10:22) Next consider this passage, “These are the generations of Sem: Sem was a hundred years old when he begot Arphaxad, two years after the flood.” (Genesis 11:10) Wait a minute! If he fathered Arphaxad two years after the flood. Then it follows that Elam and Assur were born before the flood! They must be on the ark somewhere.

Reviewing the ages of these patriarchs in scripture supports this hypothesis. “And Noe, when he was five hundred years old, begot Sem, Cham, and Japheth.” (Genesis 5:31) Also “In the six hundreth year of the life of Noe………..the flood gates of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11) So then, Noe’s sons were already 100 years old when the flood occurred. Plenty of time to father children, before the flood occurs.

There is also a genealogical tree listed in the First book of Paralipomenon. It states, “The sons of Sem: Elam and Asur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram, and Hus, and Hul, and Gether, and Mosoch. And Arphaxad begot Sale, and Sale begot Heber.”” (I Paralipomenon 1: 17 - 18) Strangely, the generations skip Elam and Asur. The tree then continues to Heber and his sons. “And to Heber were born two sons, the name of the one was Phaleg, because in his days the earth was divided; and the name of his brother was Jectan.” (I Paralipomenon 1:19) Is it possible Elam and Asur were by another wife. Perhaps they were adopted by Sem, Arphaxad being his first natural son? Either way I believe it shows that there were more than eight survivors in the Ark.
There is another source of scripture to cite from, Ezechiel. Chapter thirty two presents a revelation to Ezechiel; which mentions the missing sons of Sem. It indicates a great battle in the past, which left the dead buried in Egypt. Perhaps this is a unknown history, not recorded completely in scripture? “The most mighty among the strong ones shall speak to him from the midst of Hell, they that went down with his helpers, and slept uncircumcised, slain by the sword.” (Ezechiel 32:21) It continues, “Assur is there, and all his multitude: their graves are round about him, all of them slain, and that fell by the sword.” (Ezechiel 32:22) Also, “There is Elam and all his multitude round about his grave, all of them slain, and fallen by the sword; that went down uncircumcised to the lowest parts of the earth: that caused their terror in the land of the living, and they have borne their shame with them that go down into the pit.” Ezechiel (32:24) Finally, “There is Mosoch, and Thubal, and all their multitude: their graves are round about him: all uncircumcised and slain, and fallen by the sword: though they spread their terror in the land of the living.” (Ezechiel 32:26)

So here is the plain evidence that Elam and Asur survived the flood! They lived and died in Egypt, after some great battle that is hidden in history. But, alluded to in Ezechiel’s visions. It also mentions Mosoch and Thubal, as being involved in this conflict with there cousins. They were sons of Japheth, another son of Noe. The reference to uncircumcised may indicate they were viewed as pagans by the other descendants of Noe. Hopefully in the future, archaeologists and historians will open up the door to this lost history!

There is another source to support the hypothesis that more than eight people survived the flood of Noah. The Historian of the Hebrews, Josephus ( 37 A.D. – 100 A.D.) In his “The Antiquities of the Jews,” there is recorded history of where these people settled. He has this, “Shem, the third son of Noah, had five sons, who inhabited the land that began at Euphrates, and reached to the Indian Ocean; for Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians. Ashur lived at the city Nieve; and named his subjects Assyrians, who became the most fortunate nation, beyond others.” (Antiquities Book I Chapter 6 Paragraph 4) It goes on to list Arphaxad as the founder of the Chaldeans.

Perhaps the right way to understand the emphasis on eight is this. God created the world in seven days; and the survivors were entering a recreated world. God was giving humanity a new beginning; the eight day. The same blessing on the sixth day of creation , is repeated to the survivors. “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)

In conclusion, I present the theory that other people survived the flood of Noah. More than the eight generally believed to have survived. The scripture passages show that Asur and Elam were sons of Sem. Who survived the flood with the accepted eight, and founded nations as listed by Josephus.

Sources :(Quotes used with permission of Publishers)

The Holy Bible : Douay – Rheims Version (1899 Edition) by Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.
The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged (1987) Translated by William Whiston, A.M. ; Published by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.

Josephus, the "Jesus Tomb," and the other men named Jesus.

There has been some controversy the past few years. About a archaeological discovery in Israel, nicknamed the “Jesus Tomb.” It is claimed that this tomb is the resting place of Jesus of Nazareth. The same revered as the Messiah, by Christians worldwide. The story goes that Jesus was only a man and was buried in a tomb near Jerusalem. But, the supporters of this hypothesis are making a logical error here. There assuming that Jesus of Nazareth, is the only “Jesus” in the history of Israel. But, common sense should indicate, and history will show. That some names are often popular and common.

The historian of Israel, Josephus refutes the premise that there was only one Jesus. There are in fact a number of historical figures with this name. Recorded throughout “The Antiquities of the Jews” and the “The Wars of the Jews” are other men of this name. The list begins with our Jesus; “He was the Christ” (Antiquities 18:3.3) according to this passage. Undoubtedly a controversial passage, from the Jew’s historian. Next is Jesus, the son of Phabet. (Antiquities 15:9.3) He was deprived of the high priesthood by Herod; who gave it to Simon, desiring his daughter for a wife.

Another one is Jesus, brother to Onias. (Antiquities 12:5.1) He was made High Priest after Onias (father of Onias, Phew!) died. But he was then deprived of the rank by King Antiochus. Who gave it to his younger brother, another Onias!

Again we have, Jesus, the son of Gamaliel. (Antiquities 20:9.4) Who was the successor of Jesus, the son of Damneus. The reader will undoubtedly detect a pattern. This was a popular name for High Priests, especially in the years around Jesus life.

Next is Jesus, the son of Ananus. (Wars 6:5.3) A strange Prophet like plebian and husbandman. His story begins after a quake in the Temple during the Jewish Pentecost feast. The priests heard a voice of a multitude that said “Let us remove Hence!” He began a warning cry in Jerusalem. “A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against the whole people.” He was even whipped by the Roman Procurator Albinus, to the bone! But continued a cry of “Woe, Woe to Jerusalem.” Struck dead eventually by a stone from a machine. How strange it is! A man named Jesus was warning Woe; in Jerusalem. After Jesus of Nazareth's time; and after a earthquake in the Temple! Could this have been the quake at Jesus Christ’s death?

Now there is also; Jesus, the son of Sapphias. (Wars 2:20.4) Another High Priest, chosen to be a General for Idumea. He is also mentioned in (Wars 4:4) Where he gives a lengthy speech to the soldiers in the Jewish revolt.

Jesus, the son of Saphat; (War 3:9.7) was a leader of a band of robbers! Which stood up to the Romans at the city of Scythopolis.

Another, Jesus, son of Thebuthus. Betrayed the Temple treasures to Caesar; giving him candlesticks, cisterns, vials all of gold. As well as, veils and garments with precious stones. Along with other Temple plunder, which was to preserve his life.

Another High Priest was; Jesus the son of Sie. Under Archelaus, he replaced Archelaus brother Eleazar. Are we getting bored reader? The end of these lists. Now the question must be entering your thought; why?

Why, was this name so popular, especially among High Priests? Allow me a few more examples that will; I suspect, explain. During the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem; after Cyrus’s blessing to do so. We find Jeshua, the son of Josedek the High Priest. (Antiquities 11:3.10) He is mentioned again in Josephus’ High priest lists. Where he is called; “Jesus, the son of Josadek"!” (Antiquities 20:10.1) Note well the change. The name Jesus, is a variation of Jeshua! According to Josephus’ usage here. The next step is simple enough. “So Moses sorted all that were fit for war into different troops, and set Joshua, the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, over them” (Antiquities 3:2.3) The name Jesus is a derivation of the Exodus hero Joshua!

Hence, in conclusion. The name Jesus, derived from Joshua. Obviously a popular name among the Hebrews for all time. This defeats the logic of those who claim to have found a tomb of “Jesus, of Nazareth.” There are simply to many historical examples of the name. Undoubtedly there will be more. The researchers of the “Jesus Tomb,” have simply found a different Jesus. This same principal can all be applied to the myth of Jesus, marrying and having children. Popularized by books like “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. It simply can’t be shown that it’s the same Jesus. The one we call “Jesus,of Nazareth,” the Messiah!

Sources:(Quotes used with permission of Publisher)
“The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged” (1987) Translated by William Whiston, A.M.; Published by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.


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