By Dorothy M. Peters
As father of all humanity and never solely of Israel, Noah used to be a frustrating ancestor for a few Jews within the moment Temple interval. His archetypical portrayals within the useless Sea Scrolls, another way nuanced in Hebrew and Aramaic, embodied the tensions for teams that have been suffering to appreciate either their precise self-identities inside of Judaism and their dating to the international locations between whom they lived. Dually positioned inside a trajectory of early Christian and rabbinic interpretation of Noah and in the Jewish Hellenistic milieu of the second one Temple interval, this research of the Noah traditions within the useless Sea Scrolls illuminates dwelling conversations and controversies one of the those that transmitted them and delivers to have implications for old questions and debates that prolonged significantly past the useless Sea Scrolls.
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The final result is a structure that is informed by the narrative itself but that includes “grace notes,” fragments of the story that do not fall easily within our structure, and that function to remind the modern interpreter that outlines should be fitted retrospectively onto an ancient story only with gentleness and caution. The Noah narrative in Genesis 5:1–10:32 is divided into three main sections, each introduced by a tdlwt formula, introducing the generations of Adam (5:1), of Noah (6:9), and of the sons of Noah (10:1).
He gives two reasons. Both present a “large primaeval history with three basic elements: Creation – destruction – new world order” and, secondly, each presents a creator or creatress who is remorseful. Helge S. Kvanvig, “The Watchers Story, Genesis and Atrahasis, a Triangular Reading,” Hen 24 (2002): 17–21, here 19. In a similar vein, see Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 1–15 (WBC 1; Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1987), xlvi-1; Umberto Cassuto, A Commentary on the Book of Genesis (trans. I. ; Jerusalem: Magnes, 1978), 1:4–29; David T.
W. 119–66; Ant. 11–22; Philo, Prob. 75–91; Hypoth. 1–11; Pliny, Nat. 73. 16. For further helpful discussions on the Jewish groups in Second Temple Judaism, the relationship of the Essenes to the Qumran sect, and the case for the “Essene Hypothesis” and beyond, see George W. E. Nickelsburg, Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins: Diversity, Continuity and Transformation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003), 147–84; James C. VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994), 71–98; Philip R.