A flood of great pro­por­tions is described in Gen­e­sis 6 – 9. The text nev­er indi­cates that it?was any­thing oth­er than a his­tor­i­cal event. The Flood, and, or Noah, the builder of the?Ark, are men­tioned 7 more times in the OT. These pas­sages are Gen.10:1,32; 11:10; I?Chron. 1:3; Isa. 54:9; and Ezek.14:14,20. The NT also assumes that a great deluge?came on the earth as the result of God?s judge­ment: See Matt. 24:37 – 39; Lk. 3:36;?17:27; Heb. 11:7; I Pet. 3:18 – 21, and II Pet. 2:5; 3:3 – 7. ( See Noah and the Flood in?Jewish, Chris­t­ian and Mus­lim Tra­di­tion in the Bib­li­cal Archae­ol­o­gist, Dec. 1984.)

The Pseude­pigrapha, a cor­pus of extra-bib­li­cal lit­er­a­ture writ­ten from the Second?Century B.C. to the First Cen­tu­ry A.D., like­wise con­tains many ref­er­ences to a?catastrophic Flood. It is found most promi­nent­ly in the books of I Enoch, Jubilees, and?the Gen­e­sis Apocryphon.

Jose­phus, a very impor­tant his­to­ri­an of the First Cen­tu­ry, expounds on the Flood as he?recounts Jew­ish his­to­ry in his work Antiq­ui­ties of the Jews. He basi­cal­ly recounts the?Biblical sto­ry, but adds that the Flood began 2656 years after Adam. Jose­phus, who had?access to all the libraries of Rome, quotes from many pagan sources (some which are no?longer avail­able) who also wrote about a his­tor­i­cal Flood.

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