reply to post by windword
It is clear from a close reading of all the mangled copies of the supposedly ancient Torah of the Jews is a hotchpotch of different sources and
writing styles, grouped today by textual scholars into J E P D and Redactors A, B ,C.
This can be seen in the Noah Flood Myth of Bereshth (aka 'genesis') chapters 7 to 9 where an Hezekielite priestly writer appears in CAPITAL LETTERS
- see below - whose Hebrew ritual like diction (full of 'sacred numbers / dates') is alligned with the 'Babylonian' Hebrew writer of the Book of
Hezekiel, c. 550 BCE) had his own version of the Myth (based on the Gilgamesh epic from an early Sumerian version) whose letter is P ('priestly')
and ANOTHER writer (J) whose accent is a southern Hebronite Hebrew style in [small letters] see below
The J writer uses YHWH (or JHWH) for the clan god and the P writer uses ELOHIM in the Torah to refer to the clan god of Israel (until Exod chapter 3
when he uses the term YHWH following the burning bush disclosure !)
But you can clearly see from the extract below in CAPS (P writer ) & smalls (J writer) that these were originally 2 myths that were later combined
into a single story (probably by Ezra and his 5 Scribes c. 440 BCE)
(J) And YHWH said unto Noah, Come you and all your house into the Ark;
(P) FOR I HAVE SEEN THAT YOU ALONE ARE RIGHTEOUS IN THIS GENERATION.
(J) Of every ritually clean beast you will take to yourself in groups of sevens - the male & female: & of beasts that are not ritually clean you
shall take them in pairs by twos, male & female - also of ritually clean birds also of the air by groups of sevens, male and female; to keep their
seed alive upon the face of the land - for in seven days, & I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing
that I have formed will I destroy from the face[s] of the ground - so Noah did according unto all that YHWH commanded him.
(P) NOW WHEN THE FLOOD BEGAN TO INUNDATE THE EARTH NOACH WAS 600 YEARS OLD – & WHEN NOACH WENT INTO THE ARK HE AND HIS SONS AND HIS WIFE & HIS
SONS’ WIVES WITH HIM ON ACCOUNT OF THE FLOOD WATERS AND WITH THEM HE TOOK 2 AND 2 OF EVERY KIND MALE & FEMALE MIXED RITUALLY CLEAN ANIMALS &
RITUALLY UNCLEAN ANIMALS & BIRDS AND ALL THAT CREEP UPON THE EARTH JUST AS ELOHIM HAD TOLD HIM TO DO.
(J) And after 7 days the Flood began to inundate the ground.
(P) AND IN THE 600th YEAR of NOACH’S LIFE IN THE 2nd MONTH & ON THE 17th DAY OF THE MONTH – EVEN THE SAME DAY ALL THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GREAT
TEHOMAH BROKE OPEN AND THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN BEGAN TO OPEN.
(J) And the rains lasted upon the earth 40 days and 40 nights.
(P) AND ON THE SAME DAY NOACH AND SHEM AND HAM AND JAPETH SONS OF NOACH AND HIS WIFE & HIS SONS’ WIVES ALL ENTERED INTO THE ARK - TWO & TWO OF ALL
FLESH THAT HAS LIFE IN THEM CAME TO NOACH TO ENTER THE ARK, MALE & FEMALE OF ALL FLESH, JUST AS ELOHIM HAD TOLD HIM TO DO - EVERY BEAST ACCORDING TO
HIS OWN SPECIES AND CATTLE ACCORDING TO HIS OWN SPECIES & CREEPING THINGS THAT CREEP UPON THE GROUND ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN SPECIES & EVERY BIRD
ACCORDING TO HIS OWN SPECIES & EVERY FOWL OF EVERY SPECIES.
(J) But YHWH shut them in.
THEN THE FLOODWATERS CAME & FLOODED THE EARTH.
And for a period of 40 days & 40 nights the waters began to swell and raise the Ark so that it lifted off the ground when the waters began to increase
upon the land so that all the high hills under all of Heaven were obliterated.
AND THE ARK BEGAN TO SAIL UPON THE FACE[S] OF THE WATERS - FIFTEEN CUBITS UPWARDS DID THE WATERS PREVAIL AND THE MOUNTAINS WERE COVERED SO THAT ALL
FLESH THAT USED TO MOVE UPON THE LAND DIED – INCLUDING FOWL, CATTLE, BEAST & CREEPING THINGS THAT CREEP ON THE EARTH.
And every human upon the earth in whose nostrils contained The Breath of Life died.
AND EVERY LIVING SUBSTANCE WAS DESTROYED WHICH WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE GROUND BOTH MAN AND CATTLE AND CREEPING THINGS AND THE FOWLS OF HEAVEN WERE
ALL DESTROYED FROM THE EARTH SO THAT ONLY NOACH REMAINED ALIVE IN THE ARK AND THOSE THAT WERE WITH HIM.AND THE WATERS HAD PREVAILED UPON THRE GROUND
150 DAYS WHEN ELOHIM REMEMBERED NOACH AND ALL THE LIVING THINGS AND CATTLE THAT WERE IN THE ARK WITH HIM: THEN ELOHIM MADE A WIND TO PASS OVER THE
EARTH AND THE FLOODWATERS BEGAN TO RECEDE WHEN THE FOUNTAINS OF THE TEHOMAH WERE STOPPED UP.
Then the Windows of Heaven were restrained so that the waters were able to begin the process of draining off the land .
AND THE WATERS BEGAN TO ABATE AT THE END OF THE 150 DAYS SO THAT THE ARK RESTED IN THE 7th MONTH ON THE 17th DAY of the MONTH UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF
AR’ARAT. AND THE WATERS ABATED STEADILLY UNTIL THE 10th MONTH AND ON THE 1st DAY OF THE 10th MONTH THE TOPS OF THE MOUNTAINS FIRST ABLE TO BE SEEN.
And it happened that after 40 days, Noah opened the Window of the Ark which he had constructed...