I was reading through Genesis 8 at lds.org this morning, and was interested in how much this passage sounded like Adam and Eve:
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be afruitful, and bmultiply upon the earth.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their akinds, went forth out of the ark.
I also found it interesting that while this is a recreation of sorts, and ought to sound like Adam and Eve – it is interesting that in this instance, it is not just Noah and his wife but also their sons and their wives.
In the lds doctrine of sealing families, this sounds like Noah, his wife, and his kids are all together past the “death” of the flood, and now beginning a work together. Anyway, for what it’s worth, I found that interesting.
1. Why all the mention of dates and how long Noah waited to send the dove, etc? Does it make it more historical? Where those added in later? The Book of Mormon also likes to say what day of what month things happened. Is that also a goal of being historically accurate? Or did they pick up the habit from reading the Old Testament?
2. Noah lifts off the cover to get out of the ark. Not exactly the open-top cabin look of the kiddie Noah’s ark toys! This sounds like the Jaredite boats – covered on top, with a window that can be opened.
3. When Noah gets off, it mentions fowl, cattle, and creeping things. Are zebras and elephants considered cattle? 🙂 I remain open to the idea that the flood covered all the land where people were, but no necessarily the whole land. (Open, but by no means claiming that idea!)
4. Then Noah takes of the clean animals and offers sacrifice. I’ve had it pointed out to me before that this is according to the law of Moses before the law of Moses was given. Two possibilities, and I’m fine with both: 1, this was edited later so it matches the later material in the Book of Moses; or 2, Adam, etc all offered sacrifice so why not Noah? I suppose perhaps he did, but the language might have been edited so it sounded like the later language of Deuteronomy. That’s my very uninformed quick analysis! 🙂 Having this mention of sacrifices does remind me again of Adam and Eve – after they leave the garden they offer sacrifice too.