Lecture IV: The Flood and The Sons of Noah
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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.