A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Noah's Ark


Noah and the arkMemories of a great flood or floods are universal and are known from Babylon and other ancient civilisations. The story of the Genesis flood belongs to a time before records began and its context is the escalation of human sin and corruption to the point where God is shown deciding to destroy humankind. The exception is Noah and his family, because Noah 'walked with God', that is lived in an obedient relationship with him. Noah is instructed to construct an ark in which he, his family and every species of animal, male and female, will be preserved for the duration of the flood. Noah knows that the flood waters are subsiding when a dove he releases returns with the twig of an olive tree. The story illustrates: ' the universality of human sinfulness and the inevitability of divine judgement ' the equal certainty that God would ultimately save the world through Noah and his descendants. Read the full story at Genesis 6:9 - 9:13.

Related topics

Big ideas: Dove; Noah and the flood

Cultural References

Schindler's Ark (Keneally); A History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters (Barnes); The Rainbow (Lawrence)

Bible References

Genesis 6:9 - Genesis 9:13
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