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(1). The Holiness of God (chapter 6 verses 1-7)

(2). The Grace of God (chapter 6 verse 8 to chapter 7 verse 10)

(3). The Wrath of God (chapter 7 verses 11-24)

(4). The Faithfulness of God (chapter 8 verses 1-22)



• You cannot have failed to see the recent stories in the media (Feb 2014);

• Regarding a small mobile-phone-sized clay tablet;

• The tablet was covered in a 4,000-year-old cuneiform script;

• And you can see it on display at the British Museum in London.

• This cuneiform tablet tells a similar story like Noah, the biblical patriarch;

• Who gathered his family and the world's animals onto a massive ship,

• It contains a number of differences, such as the ark was round in shape;

• And made out of coiled rope not gopher wood.

• Of course I guess you know the old joke why it was called that;

• Because for 100 years Noah kept telling his sons to ‘go for wood’!

• Now this tablet has been at the British Museum since 1985,

• But the owner Irving Finkel did not surrender it for translation until 2009.

• The story is now in the news because Irving Finkel, owner of the tablet;

• Has published a book (The Ark Before Noah),

• And he suggests that Genesis borrowed the story from this earlier Babylonian account!

• The news media did not tell people that this tablet isn't dated with a date itself.

• It's date has been estimated according to Finkel, to be 1900 and 1700 BC.

• We would say he has given a guesstimate to it.

• The cynic might say, well he does have a book to publicise and sell!

• Many (conservative Christian) Bible scholars;

• Believe that the flood occurred circa 2349 BC,

• And that the account in Genesis was written by Moses circa 1450 BC;

• Shortly before his death.

• Christian scholars would therefore say that the Babylonian text;

• Must be a corrupted version an adaptation of the true story in Genesis.

• Or it might be an independent attempt at describing the world-wide flood.

• Rather than discredit the Genesis account;

• It actually confirms the fact that another great civilisation;

• Believed that a world-wide flood took place.


• Did you know that nearly every culture in the world has a tradition of a global flood?

• You will find over 200 of these stories from all over the world.

• From Asia to Africa, From South America to Europe;

• Most ancient civilisations have the story of a flood documented in their ancient records.


• Interesting trivia:

• The word for "boat" in Chinese characters (Chinese character 船 )

• (which survived the Communist-era character simplification);

• Is composed of the symbols for "vessel," "eight," and "person,"

• (Literally "mouth", and sometimes translated as "family member.")

• The characters were developed by the historian Can Ji;

• At the order of the Emperor Huang Di during the 3rd millennium BC,

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