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Not as Seamless as It Seems

J. David Pleins

in When the Great Abyss Opened

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199733637
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.003.0003
Not as Seamless as It Seems

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The tale of Noah and his ark appears to be seamless as the events involved in the said tale seem straightforward and complete. Also, the timeline for the events was planned out in a very logical manner as these would pave the way for the ending to turn out the way it was expected to. This chapter presents Wenham's discovery of how the story was structured in a way that pivots along a central point—God remembered Noah—and in which the parts in the first half are in a way mirrored in the second half. Such a structure compels one to remember that God remembers His people even when it seems that He has abandoned them. However, there still are holes in Wenham's literary pyramid. This chapter looks into the possibilities for errors and anomalies in this tale and even in interpreting the Book of Genesis.

Keywords: Noah; ark; Wenham; structure; literary pyramid; central point; errors; Book of Genesis

Chapter.  9669 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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