Discovering Genesis 4: The Flood and The Sons of Noah
Dr. Neiman examines the similarities and differences between the Biblical story of the flood and the earlier Babylonian tradition on which it was based, while also theorizing about the nature of the disaster that may have led to the story’s creation. After providing historical and literary context to the story of the flood and its aftermath, he then considers Genesis 10, the so-called “Table of Nations,” and what this unique passage reveals about the Biblical understanding of the linguistic and ethnic makeup of the ancient world as it was known after the flood. The lecture ends by probing the mythological, historical and archaeological context of the Tower of Babel tradition.
Dr. David Neiman (1921–2004) was professor of Jewish theology at Boston College and specialized in a broad range of fields, including archaeology, Biblical studies, Jewish history and Catholic-Jewish relations. He also organized Boston College’s Institute of Biblical Archeology and participated in nearly a dozen archaeological excavations in Israel. He was the author of Domestic Relations in Antiquity (Little Acorns Press, 1994) as well as a commentary and selected translation of the Book of Job (Massada, 1972). He also wrote several important articles for the Encyclopedia Judaica. His lectures on the Book of Genesis were delivered in 2000 at the University of Judaism in Bel Air, CA.