Skip to main content

Genesis 7: Noah Gathers Green Alligators and Long-Necked Geese

Related image
No one born after Noah's age has ever substantiated a claim that they've seen a unicorn.




God made his point again that He thought Noah and his family were the only ones on the earth who weren’t worth killing.  God then averted certain extinction of many species by clarifying that by two of each species, He meant one male and one female.  It took a while to build the ark, so Noah was 600 years old when it was ready and the floods were coming.  Gathering the animals was hard work, too, as must have been making them all stay still and not wander off while waiting for the ark to be finished and for Noah to come back with more animals.  To gather all the animals, Noah must have had to travel far, but how he got to southern Africa, eastern Asia, Australia and the Americas is not recorded in Genesis.

The flood started and Noah ordered all the animals into the ark, along with his wife and three boys (who were the only creatures on the ark not paired up with a member of the opposite sex.)  All the people and animals drowned as the flood started, lasting for forty days and covering every last bit of land on earth by a depth of fifteen cubits.  To make sure everything was really dead, God kept the world flooded for another five months.  No one has seen a unicorn since.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Star-Spangled Banner: The Original Lyrics

If you’re an American (and quite possibly even if you’re not), you’ve certainly heard the tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” numerous times.  It’s a stirring melody, and can often sound very proud, and if someone asked you to hum a few bars, you probably could do a creditable job of it, even if you have no musical ability at all.  The tune is that familiar.  Of course, it has another name that you probably know better: “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

But the song’s first name was “To Anacreon in Heaven”.  The song asserts that Anacreon is in heaven, right from the first line.  Whether Anacreon actually is in heaven, I’ll take no position on, but he most certainly is dead.  Anacreon was a Greek poet who lived from circa 582 BCE to 485 BCE, which is a remarkably advanced age for the times.  Anacreon was celebrated for his songs about drinking and love and having a good time.  Maybe not the weightiest of literature, but even the most serious poets and thinkers need to take a break now and …

Alcock and Brown: The First Transatlantic Flight

Since his celebrated landing in Paris 90 years ago, we often hear of Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic.  He flew solo, taking off from Roosevelt Field in Brooklyn and landing in Le Bourget field in Paris after a flight of 33½ hours in his cramped, lightweight plane, The Spirit of Saint Louis.  Lindbergh was one of several individuals or teams who were competing for the Orteig Prize: a $25,000 purse offered to the first to fly from New York to Paris, offered by wealthy New York hotelier Raymond Orteig.  Lindbergh took off and landed perfectly, and managed to navigate the whole way without getting lost.  This was quite a feat in the days before computers to aid navigation, or the elaborate system of air traffic control that would come into being, once commercial airlines started to develop.  What Lindbergh did immediately made him an international hero and a household name for years after, with streets and buildings and yes, airports, named after him.  To this day, Charles …