Noah and his Flood… legend or historical? Legend and historical…
Depending on the source and how legends may be characterized and numbered, researchers have determined apocalyptic flood accounts are found in about 150 cultural groups and societies.
Such a large number begs the sum ultimately being based on some sort of historical fact where even the most ardent denier would admit, with so many accounts, there must be a seedling of truth.
Researchers have theorized the flood legends may have arisen from some sort of an historical flood account (anything BUT the Old Testament was looked at). One popular idea is called the “Black Sea Model”. PBS actually had a show referencing this model potentially being the catalyst to the pervasive apocalyptic flood stories, describing an event in 5600 B.C. when the Black Sea overflowed.
The Black Sea did overflow, but it is in no way related to Noah’s Flood. Both the year, location and extent have no semblance of fact with the Biblical record.
However I do agree with the notion of these many legends arising from the historical account of Noah’s Flood.
ANCIENT ALIEN ASTRONAUTS:
Have you ever seen or heard of the “Ancient Aliens” show on the History Channel?
I have a theory about those outlandish stories which correlates with Noah’s Flood and the many worldwide legends (the American Indians have a flood story!) of an apocalyptic flood.
In regards to God dealing with His people in the Old Testament by using miraculous signs and wonders, could not those factual stories be heard of (or even witnessed) by people groups apart from the Jews?
The people of Israel knew the author of the signs and wonders was Jehovah God. However, if in fact those events occurred, would not the outlying communities and people groups eventually hear of those stories and then seek to interpret those events without the benefit of the knowledge of the true God?
And without the knowledge of the true God, and a prophet of God to unveil the truth, how would scenes such as these be interpreted:
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:” ~ EXODUS 13:21
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” ~ 2 KINGS 2:11
The other cultures and people groups would probably describe these events (and the many others) in fantastical ways. Then greater legends would arise from those second hand stories. Then of course artwork would arise which would already be shrouded with the fantastic only to be interpreted thousands of years later by other cultures with no basis in Jehovah God.
Which leads us to the “smartest people on the planet” determining it was all based on Space Alien Ancient Astronauts…
Back to Noah and his Flood:
So, when a flood of judgment comes on the earth which destroys every human being, save for eight, and then the account is not written down for thousands of years, would not that story morph and become malleable and mutate even more through the course of generations and generations of people?
And then most of those people don’t serve Jehovah God? And then the languages are separated at Babel, accompanied by the worldwide migration of those new cultures and belief systems? Would not the original flood account take on mythic qualities and derivatives in the psyche of global storytelling?
The answer is: OF COURSE IT WOULD.
But then again, it could be the alien astronauts…
~ Daniel Gabriel