Torah Pearls #2 – Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Tower of BabelThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Noach (6:9-11:32). The trio discusses the following questions and more: While Noah was a righteous man—relatively speaking—what spiritual disease was the rest of the world infected with?  Is doing what comes naturally the best answer for our bad selves? Does the post-flood diet really include the “all”-you-care-to eat buffet?  What was the sign of the curse and what is the sign of the covenant? When the whole earth spoke one language, what language was it? What are the implications of the 70 nations that sprung from Noah’s three sons? In closing, Gordon discusses the belief that Adam was a Talmudic scholar as well as other historical views concerning what we knew and when we knew it.

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9 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #2 – Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

  1. One More thing was wondering Perhaps Ham was thinking he was taking the opportunity to obey Gods commandment bereshit 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth Could this be the reason he told his brothers outside thinking they could follow suit but obviously his brothers knew the folly of his actions 9:22 Ham the father of canaan,saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside This thought came to me too that the scripts are
    about geneology aren’t they? ps 119:18 Todah YHWH our Rav shalom shalom debarah

  2. yohm tov achi shalom shalom
    thank you YHWH for putting a love for his knowledge in you In regards to Ham taking advantage of his fathers nakedness: A man once brought the verse Lev 18:8 concerning what his fathers nakedness was and after hearing Nehemia’s comment on the matter looked up and found these other verses Lev 20:11 and Deut 27:20 Please consider also how many times in this passage Ham is referred to as fathering Canaan (9:18;22 and 25)25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

    26 And he said, Blessed be YHWH God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

    27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.) In verse 25 Canaan is cursed by Noah and is said to be his brothers slave Wonder why Noah curse Ham’s son Canaan and not Ham?
    In loo of these verses it does seem to be referring to Canaan as Shem and Japheth’s brother Do appreciate your not wanting to take things out of context Nehemia and the admonition to keep reading Keith berechah shalom shalom

  3. Paraphrasing Lev. 18:8 Do not have sex with the wife of your father, for it is your father’s nakedness.

    Is it possible the reason Canaan was cursed is because he was the product of Ham’s union with “Noah’s nakedness” i.e. Noah’s wife?

  4. RE the discussion around 40min.
    Why do scholars today, take Bart Ehrman for example, insist that the language of Yeshua’s day was Aramaic? I could imagine Aramaic being used in Galilee as a second language, and it seems as though Greek was spoken on the border of the Decapolis (John12:20-22), yet Luke’s is at some pains in Acts to point out that Yeshua apparently spoke Hebrew to Saul/Paul (Acts26:14) and writes of three languages being written above the crucifixion site at Golgotha (Luke23:38); Greek, Latin and Hebrew. What gives?

    Further to the matter of language, we have this obscure word, Nephilim here in Genesis6:4. How does H5303, Nephil (sg.) relate to the Greek word, Nephele, G3507, The Cloud Of God, or cloud?

  5. Nehemia,
    I listened to this portion today, you said that Exodus 21 is another example of majestic plurality. I assume the pertinent periscope is Ex 21:28-32 but what am I missing? It sure doesn’t look plural to me:
    ואם שור נגח הוא מתמל שלשם והועד בבעליו ולא ישמרנו והמית איש או אשה השור יסקל וגם־בעליו יומת׃

    • The word translated as “owner” is be’alav, which is appears twice and both times is a majestic plural. The literal translation would be “his owners.” Be’alav is a combination of be’alim + o = be’alav. The -im is there, but it’s obscured by the contraction with the possessive suffix. Other examples in Exodus 21 of majestic plural are in verse 6 (adonav = odonim + o = his master), verse 8 (adoneha = adonim + ah = her master), verse 32 (adonav = his master), and verse 34 (be’alav = his owner).

  6. personally I belive the ark is on MT Arrarat. for one reason God is long suffering and has no desire to punnish even the most rebellious of His creation. so evidance is scattered every where throught the universe declareing His word ;wether you say Bible or Torah, God’s love will allways make it harder to dissbelive than to acknowlage Him as the First and The Last; giving us more opertunity for grace than Justice. If Ireceived justice for my deeds hope is lost; but if I say ,” not my will but Thine,” the leval of hope and freedom can not be contained. My finite being is overwhelmed with The Name YHVH.

  7. This has blessed me If i train my thoughts I can “walk with God” I have found grace because The Torah God’s word makes sense to me. Not everyone has received this gift. A man is not innocent because he is not aware of sin but seeking humillity will reveal sin fulness, and provide a path to God’s name; and recreate man in the image of God.

  8. I have an issue with the traditional interpretation of Bereshit concerning the order of commandments, as Jono [?] seems to mention. Christians maintain that God said firstly to procreate. Yet in Gen. 2:15, Adam is alone and he is commanded to tend the garden. Surely this is the First Commandment and the one which has truly been most ignored. Now the NWO agenda is pushing this as a means to an end, as esoterically shown in the recent movie “Noah”.

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