Chapter

From Sarcophagus to Ship

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/9780199733637.003.0005
From Sarcophagus to Ship

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Various endeavors were made to make logical sense out of the story of Noah's ark even before the fundamentalist movement was set in motion. Although several Christian and Jewish interpreters attempted to exaggerate certain aspects of the story to find moral guidance and spiritual insight, scientific thinkers during the 16th and 17th centuries tried coming up with stories that would seem rational in the context of looking into certain mechanical theories regarding the history and physical processes of the earth. Further developments of these theories during the 18th and 19th centuries have considered the possibility of relating geological sciences and fossil studies with the narrative about the flood. Consequently, these actions have presented new approaches in examining the narratives of the Bible as a work that advocates s humanistic importance.

Keywords: logical sense; Christian interpreters; Jewish interpreters; physical processes; earth history; history; science; flood story; humanistic importance

Chapter.  14268 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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