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After forty days, God, sealed the wellsprings of the deep and the floodgates of heaven. Then he created a wind that caused the floodwaters to gradually subside.
Commentary: Where did the floodwaters subside to?
After seven months, the boat ran aground on a mountain. After ten months, the mountain peaks became visible.
Commentary: What exactly did the lions eat for ten months? Just wondering…
Forty days later, Noah sent out a raven. It flew off and kept flying until the water had subsided. So then Noah sent out a dove. The dove couldn’t find any place to land and returned to the boat.
Commentary: What, was the dove nearsighted? It couldn’t see the visible mountain peaks?
Seven days later, Noah sent out the dove again. This time it returned with an olive leaf, proving that the water had subsided from the earth.
Commentary: The olive tree lived under water for eleven months? Or was it was a brand new olive tree? But according to Grecopedia,1 it takes at least 10 weeks for an olive seed to germinate and sprout leaves, and they need dry soil. Of course, God doesn’t give a shit about Grecopedia.
Seven days later, Noah sent out the dove again, and this time it didn’t return. One month later, the land was completely dry. Then God told Noah to leave the boat with his family and all the animals and start multiplying again, which they were quite happy to do.
But not all of them had the opportunity. Noah built an altar and sacrificed some of the clean livestock and birds to God. God smelled the fragrance of burning animals, and said to himself,
“Never again will I curse the soil because of man, for the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. I will never again strike down all life as I have just done.”
Commentary: Now we see why Noah needed all the extra clean animals. Maybe God should have commanded Noah to give him a sacrificial mercy injection before the flood. That way, the whole destruction of the earth thing could have been avoided.
1We have limited information about Grecopedia, but we know from Roman records, that it consisted in a number of articles collectively written by a group of self-anointed experts from Macedonia. The collection was highly decentralized, with pages scattered across the empire and shared by means of a network of runners. As the Macedonian empire was expansive and the unpaid runners were rather slow and prone to distraction, it could take months or years to receive a requested article, by which time it would likely have been completely rewritten at the opposite end of the empire by some other expert who believed the original author to be a complete dolt. The system collapsed of its own logistical weight in the late first century, and none of the work survived antiquity.Previous: Genesis 7 - The earth gets wet