In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God can be seen as having a sort of bi-polar attitude. In the beginning chapters God is shown as a caring person when he is creating the earth and when he talks about how he wants Adam and Eve to succeed and do well and how he gives Adam a companion, Eve because he feels Adam will be lonely. As the book unfolds God becomes very angry with how his world is turning out. Sin has been introduced and humans seem to be falling away from the righteous. This upsets God and he creates an idea that he will flood the world so that only Noah and the people and animals inside the ark will live. His intentions seem horrible, trying to kill humans because they have sinned, but in reality he is trying to free the world of sin so that the remaining humans will live wonderful lives free of pain and despair. The flood can be seen as both a positive and negative thing. To non-believers they may find fault in the idea that God felt that he had to punish the world as a result of how sinful the people of earth had become. To help promote their ideas they could use statements from the Bible such as this one when God's feelings are stated about how he seems to be dissatisfied with the people of earth, "The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain" (Genesis 6:6). It can also be revealed when God states, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth" (Genesis 6:13).
Covenant according in bible's point of view is a promise made by God to man. According to the book of Genesis, Chapter 6 Verse 13, as a result of human's disobedient and evil ways on earth, God had planned to put an end to humanity with flood. The covenants between God and Noah was established in Genesis Chapter 9 Verse 11. God promised Noah and his descendants, never again would he destroy the earth by flood of water because of the pleasant sacrifice offered to God by Noah. God also confirmed his covenant by putting up signs in the sky in the form of a rainbow. The reason Noah and his family weren’t destroyed in the flood was because Noah found grace in God's sight. What this means is that God do not establish any kind of covenant with just anyone. Clearly Abel, Noah and Abraham were unshakable, upright and obedient towards God’s command.
The story of the great flood is probably the most popular story that has survived for thousands of years and is still being retold today. It is most commonly related within the context of Judeo-Christian tradition. In the Holy Bible, the book of Genesis uses the flood as a symbol of God's wrath as well as His hope that the human race can maintain peace and achieve everlasting salvation. The tale of Noah's Ark begins with God's expression of dismay as to the degenerate state of the human race at the time. People were behaving wickedly and sinfully and God decided that a genetic cleansing was necessary. He spared only Noah and his family, along with two of every type of animal; one male and one female. The other most popular flood story is found in the Epic of Gilgamish. In this text, the gods have decided to destroy everything on earth by creating a great flood. The only survivor is a man named Utnapishtim, spared because he is the god Ea's favorite human.
Man’s sin became so unbearable to God that he finally decided to get rid of humanity through a Flood. As the sole survivors of the Flood, Noah and his family mark the transition from the Adamic Age to the current age.
It was a time when men lost faith in the Lord, they weren’t aware of how to act or how to worship. Angels in heaven were unfaithful to their God and fell from heaven to make merry with the daughters of men. The Earth was in shambles. The offspring of angels and women were roaming around and destroying the land that God had made. He had to make a decision, and that decision was to end all life on the Earth, and rebuild it. Yet, there was one man, Noah who had unwavering faith in his God. God decided to let Noah be the one to rebuild the Earth.
The main aspect of interpretation of the Bible that Darren Aronofsky’s film employs is the idea that God doesn’t directly speak to Noah. He knows that he has to gather animals and build the ark in preparation for the flood because of premonitions that he has in his dreams. Because of this, the character of Noah is seen differently than he is seen in the Bible. He is seen as erratic and excessive in his actions against his family, especially when he wants to kill Ila and Shem’s twin girls and when he imposes that once the flood is over, his family should all kill each other. Once the family gets inside the ark and the flood begins, Noah assumes, “You are angry. You judge me,” and proceeds to retell his family the story of creation that his father
...o I have created…’” (Gen. Ch 6, line 12) God tells this to Noah, explaining that he will end the lives of all in order to cleanse the land. The Hebrew belief that their god had the power to end all forced the people to be fearful and respect their covenant with the lord.
The first covenant that I will discuss is the covenant that God made with Noah. The covenant that God made with Noah was “the first explicit act of covenant in the Hebrew Bible”. (www.hope.edu) This covenant is often called God’s covenant with creation. The sign of this covenant is the rainbow. This is because a rainbow arches over all of creation.
Religious texts have been one of the main sources for laws and social customs since the conception of organized religion. Each religious text provides its followers with a code of conduct they are expected to apply to themselves, their actions, and their institutions. This code of conduct applies to the individual, as well as to the government and society to within which the people exist, and ultimately defines what a "just society" is in the context of that religion. Using stories and proverbs this code of conduct, and thus "just society", is not only set, but also shown in examples. In The Bible, the essence of a "just society" is laid out within passages that serve as "the laws", including Deuteronomy, and the Psalms, and in the stories, such as the stories of Job, David, Samuel, and the Family of Adam. The actions and nature of God in these stories are meant to be an example of the values and personality favored by God. In these passages, a structure for a just society is presented, and the values and examples, which are to be referred to and followed in the creation of this "just society", are discussed. However, even within these passages, there are discrepancies between the structure of the ideal "just society" and its values, and the following of these examples by the stories presented in The Bible. One of the most noticeable of these is the difference between the presentation of the ideal "just society" and values that are supposed to be implemented by the people, and the actual justice and values presented in the stories. This is particularly pertaining to the stories of the rulers appointed by God, and the vengeful nature of God himself presented in these stories.
This paper will compare The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Genesis flood narratives. In Gilgamesh, the humans were so rowdy, loud and unpleasant that the god, Enlil wanted to erase humankind completely by using a massive flood. In the book of Genesis, the humans were running amok, sinning and procreating with the giants. God frowned upon their actions and was ashamed of his creation; he too decided to wipe them out and start anew. In each story there is a hero that will survive the floods. After the flood in Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim and his wife were granted immortality and in the book of Genesis, Noah made a covenant with God and was instructed to repopulate the earth again. The flood narratives in both stories are symbolic of judgment and cleansing or becoming pure again.