At some time, around 4500 years ago, a great flood occurred. The bible attributes it to an act of God, but Judaism isn’t the only religion that tells the story of a flood. It’s quite probable that all of them refer to the same event. The real question is, which story is the correct one?
Since most of the Book of Genesis is a collection of stories passed from generation to generation in the oral tradition, it’s impossible to separate fact from fiction. Regardless, a mathematical model supports the idea that most of the human race was wiped out by a cataclysmic event of some kind, and a worldwide flood fits that bill quite nicely.
The story of the flood begins with the Nephilim in chapter 6 of the Book of Genesis. The “sons of God” (which the apocryphal Book of Enoch describes as “the watchers”) bred with human women. In the third verse, God set the date of the flood for 120 years in the future, although it doesn’t specifically say that.
A lot of people believe it means humans will no longer live to ages beyond 120, but that conflicts with stories of people who happened to reach ages beyond 120 after the flood.
God was sorry that he created mankind in the first place. He only found one man, Noah, who wasn’t evil and corrupt. Noah, and his family, would be spared from the cataclysm that was to take place. The Nephilim should have been wiped out, along with everyone else, but the story specifically says they exist after the flood.
I watched a miniseries on one of the streaming video services a few years ago, titled “Fallen” (2006). In that story, the fallen (the watchers who were punished) continued to breed with humans, thus creating more Nephilim. The story would make a lot of sense, if it was true, but there’s no history to support it anywhere.
According to the story, God created the rainbow, which we can easily duplicate today with a simple garden hose. It was his sign that he would never flood the earth again. Then God told Noah that every creature on earth, just like plants, would now be food. This means that humans didn’t eat animals before the flood. Why would God change his mind about them? There are a lot of things in the bible that indicate God changed his mind about something.
I have no idea what the part about Noah’s son, Ham, seeing him naked and telling his brothers about it has to do with anything. Noah cursed Ham’s son, Canaan, and what did that mean? I guess men seeing other men naked was a terrible thing back then.
Noah and his family began to repopulate the earth again. To get to the population of the next story, hundreds of years would have had to pass.