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Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part two

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Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part two
By Kevin J. Todeschi

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Perhaps more than any other Old Testament tale, it is the story of Noah and the Flood with which individuals of all ages and religious backgrounds are most familiar. In Christian, Jewish, and Islamic literature, the story of the Deluge plays an important role. There are actually more than 200 “Great Flood” traditions scattered throughout the world. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that I have been a Noah’s Ark enthusiast for more than 30 years, I have to admit to disappointment in the movie Noah for missing numerous details of this archetypal tale and failing to bring to public awareness the fact that this story has relevance for all humankind.


The Deluge
"The Deluge", by John Martin, 1834.
source: Wikipedia


In the Christian world, the story of Noah has played an important role for 2,000 years. Between the Middle Ages and the 19th century, the fact that fossilized bones of sea creatures could be found on mountain ranges throughout the world was generally believed to be proof that a great flood had occurred. In Christian medieval towns, while biblical mystery-morality plays were making the circuit, the story of Noah and his family was a frequent favorite. Even with the discovery of plate tectonics in the 1800s, and the knowledge that ice sheets had once covered much of the Northern Hemisphere—challenging the medieval belief that “fish bones on mountaintops equals world-wide deluge”—the belief in Noah’s flood was never doubted by those faithful to scripture.


Further confirmation of the existence of the ark even after the 19th century came in the form of eyewitness accounts of the craft upon Mount Ararat in Turkey, near the borders of Armenia and Iran, by many reputable investigators, scholars, military professionals, and theologians. In fact, there have been more recorded sightings of Noah’s Ark since 1840 than during any other period of recorded history! Historical references to the discovery of the ark are traceable at least as far back as the third century BCE.


Mount Ararat
View of Ararat from Iğdır, Turkey.
source: Wikipedia


Over the years, what has fascinated me the most about this story is the fact that it can be explored from various unrelated perspectives—a process that will lead to the discovery that a number of source materials describe complementary aspects of Noah’s tale and expand it. For example, because of the information contained in Genesis 2:5-6, some Christians believe that rain was absent from pre-deluge earth and that the planet received moisture from a water vapor canopy that engulfed it: “…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth…But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” This same premise was also advanced by Austrian-born philosopher, educator and clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the founder of the Anthroposophical Society. In describing the pre-deluge earth, Steiner stated:


…at that time the air was saturated with water mist vapors. Man lived in the water mist, which in certain regions never lifted to the point where the air was completely clear. Sun and moon could not be seen as they are today, but were surrounded by colored coronas. A distribution of rain and sunshine, such as occurs at present, did not exist at that time… (Steiner, “Cosmic Memory”)


Some individuals contend that it was the disappearance of the water vapor canopy and the resulting influx of solar radiation that was responsible for the tremendous decrease in humankind’s longevity—from almost 1,000 years to the present lifespan of 7-10 decades. Scripture further supports this premise in that, immediately after the flood, lifespans begin to decrease with each subsequent generation.


According to the Old Testament, the ark’s incredible dimensions measured 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. Historically, a cubit is thought to be the length of a man’s forearm, or somewhere between 18 and 22 inches. It is interesting to note that the ark’s dimensions of 6-to-1 (length-to-width) were considered so seaworthy that Marine architect George W. Dickie purposefully used the same ratio when constructing the U.S.S. Oregon, which was launched in 1898, and was considered the flagship of the American fleet and one of the most stable vessels ever constructed.


Ark
A ship modeled after the biblical description of Noah's Ark,
Ark van Noach, in the Netherlands
source: Wikipedia


The Edgar Cayce readings add more information to the story of the flood. First of all, Noah and his family were not the only individuals saved from the destruction. The eight souls were saved to preserve the consciousness that had been brought into the earth through Adam and the followers of the Law of One, and to continue the spiritual and mental evolution of mankind. However, all over the earth other individuals found safety in crafts of their own making—lending credence to the fact that flood traditions exist worldwide. In fact, the readings suggest that the flood occurred during the second destruction of Atlantis, causing migrations of individuals from Atlantis to other parts of the world.


From the readings standpoint, God did not send the deluge; instead, God intervened to prevent mankind from completely destroying itself. (Interestingly enough, Jewish historian Josephus was also convinced that God did not send the flood and believed that the flood was brought about by humankind.) Apparently, some of the Atlanteans had gotten hold of the energy crystal that supplied power to the continent, misused the energy source, and caused an explosion that tore the continent apart—condensing the water vapor mist that completely surrounded the earth (much like the planet of Venus is surrounded by a cloud canopy).


From a psychological perspective, the Great Flood Myth symbolizes the pattern of being overwhelmed by personal transformation and change and yet somehow becoming a more enlightened individual because of that experience. What is fascinating about the archetypal significance of this tale is that in the last decade of the 20th century, the story of Noah experienced a tremendous rise in popularity. Almost overnight the market seemed flooded with numerous children’s toys, night lights, magnets, collector’s plates, ornaments, clothing, figurines and even several movies about Noah’s Ark. The archetypal reason was not because for some inexplicable reason this man and his family suddenly fascinated society. Instead, because so many individuals now feel in the midst of personal transformation and change this archetype has resurfaced. People feel motivated to put a Noah’s magnet on their fridge because subconsciously it resonates to something they are experiencing deep within themselves.


Flood Tablet
Gilgamesh tablet XI
Flood tablet in Akkadian
source: Wikipedia

Jungian psychologist Eleanor Bertine (ca 1944) found much archetypal significance in the flood story and suggested that the flood epic itself was far older than either the biblical or Gilgamesh accounts. Like many researchers, she pointed to a Sumerian version and its Ziusudra Noah that is traceable to at least the third millennium BCE. The biblical and Gilgamesh tales agree with all essential details of the Sumerian version. Bertine was convinced that both the Gilgamesh and the biblical accounts were traceable to the Sumerian version; however, she was also certain that the Sumerian version had been based on something even earlier: “dating back so far that the bottom falls out of time…” (Rohrbach, Pg. 197) Back so far that it corresponds with Cayce’s timing of Atlantis?


In the end, what may be most inspiring for me about the tale is the fact that there is an ancient Armenian legend which states that a gopher-wood craft, enormous in proportions, rests high upon the mountains just waiting until the moment is right for its discovery. According to the tale, God in His omnipotent wisdom, hid the craft, for He knew a time would come in the history of humankind when all the peoples of the world would need the chance to believe.


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Kevin Todeschi 80x100 pxKevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. His is the author of twenty-five books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and The Rest of the Noah Story.

 

 

Toward a Universal Christ

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Toward a Universal Christ
By John Van Auken



“Christ is not a man.”—Edgar Cayce reading 991-1


reaching for christ


With his outer mind quietly set aside and his deeper mind at-one with the Universal Consciousness, Edgar Cayce told us, “…know what you will do with this man, Jesus of Nazareth—Jeshua of Jerusalem, Joshua in Shiloh, Joseph in the court of Pharaoh, Melchizedek, as he blessed Abraham, Enoch as he warned the people, Adam as he listened to Eve.” (3054-4) In a reading for a person who had both Jewish and Christian training and was wrestling to decide which religion he preferred, the Source of Cayce’s readings asked: “Have you not found that the essence, the truth, the real truth is ONE? Mercy and justice; peace and harmony. For without Moses and his leader Joshua (that was bodily Jesus) there is no Christ. Christ is not a man. Jesus was the man; Christ the messenger; Christ in all ages, Jesus in one, Joshua in another, Melchizedek in another; these be those that led Judaism! These be they that came as that child of promise, as to the children of promise; and the promise is in you, that you lead as He has given you: ‘Feed my sheep.’” (991-1)


Obviously, when in contact with the Universal Consciousness, Cayce’s perspective on Jesus Christ is much different from that of the church and even of his own outer self. Cayce and his family were Bible-reading Christians. Yet, when he set aside his outer self and lifted his deeper mind into the Oneness with what the readings called the “Universal Consciousness,” a new perspective on Jesus Christ came through him to us, a perspective that is greater than one incarnation and beyond three-dimensional limitations.


From this perspective Christ is the Word, the Logos, the universal light of God manifested through an incarnate person. Cayce’s readings explain that the light of Christ first incarnated in Poseidia in Atlantis around 106,000 BC, doing so to help souls who had lost their conscious connection with God and had become trapped in matter. The attuned Cayce sees us as spirits and minds; physical bodies came long after our original creation in the image and likeness of the Universal Creator. The Christ spirit realized that it was going to take a series of incarnations in order to fully overcome the influences that had taken possession of our minds and hearts, and it came out of the heavens into matter to help us along the way.


The Christ spirit did not incarnate only in the Western world. Cayce explains that wherever the concept of one God and one brotherhood/ sisterhood was proclaimed, the Christ spirit was there. As the disciple John wrote in the opening lines of his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word [the Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were created through this One; and nothing that has been made was made without this One. In this One was life, and the life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word [the Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” A portion of the trinity of God came among humanity to help us. Cayce says this first happened in the legendary times of Atlantis; then again in Eden, between the Tigris and Euphrates; and again in Egypt, and again and again, continuing even today. In one of Cayce’s most often-published readings, he stated: “For the time never was when there was not a Christ...” (262-103)


Jesus mosaic Blog 04- 18-2014


Many devoted Christians wrestle with the edict that a person must “name the name” in order to achieve full resurrection, redemption, and eternal life. Even the Cayce readings quote this phrase, but with a significant twist to it: “He that would name the name must have become perfect in himself!” (254-3) How many of us Christians can say we have achieved this requirement? Another reading says: “Magnify that name—that name—that becomes on every tongue that of the crucified one in the manner that self is crucified to the fleshly desires…preferring the spirit of the Holy One before self, and considering the neighbor as yourself.” (137-118) Using this reading’s definition of the name, couldn’t a person who has heard little of Jesus be “naming the name” if he or she has crucified fleshly desires, preferring God’s will over his own, and loving his fellow man as himself? Is the name a word or is it spirit? Is salvation the name “Jesus” or is it loving God and others as Jesus instructed? Is Christ only Christian or universal? Is God and the manifestation of God among us limited to select souls? Does not God love and seek the companionship of all His/Her children?


“As an entity, a soul, a mind, enters [the spiritual dimensions] put about the self the cloak, the garment, yea the mantle of Christ; not as a man, not as an individual but the CHRIST—that universal consciousness of love that we see manifested in those who have forgotten self but—as Jesus—give themselves that others may know the truth.” (1376-1) Here we see Cayce equating Christ with “the universal consciousness of love.” This consciousness may be achieved by anyone of any religion or even no religion.


Consider the apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia, in 1981. A woman holding a baby was seen surrounded by exquisite rays of light. The young people (mostly teenagers) who saw her said that she looked like the sun, had 12 stars over her head, a luminescent white veil, and a pearl-gray dress. She introduced herself as “the mother of all people.” She encouraged one of the Christian children to follow the example of a good Moslem woman in her community. She said that her message was for all people, and “If it is necessary, I will appear in each home.” The luminescent lady warned her listeners that it is time for complete reconciliation among people. This message was given in Bosnia, where Christians, Moslems, Croats, and Serbs had much underlying hatred and prejudice toward one another.


Maria Podbrdo
Statue of Virgin Mary at Podbrdo,
site of the Medjugorje apparition. Source Wikipedia


We Christians need to allow Jesus Christ to be bigger than Christianity. As Jesus said (or the Christ spirit with whom Jesus made himself one), “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd,” John 10:16. Jesus said that he taught and did what he was guided to do from God, the Father, within him. And before leaving us to become completely one with God, Jesus informed us that the “Comforter,” the “Spirit of Truth,” would come to us and guide us.


Of course, not only Christians have to let go of religious elitism. Jews, Moslems, and others have contingents that believe their faith is the only true faith, and all must swear allegiance to their doctrines. As difficult as it may be, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and other religious groups are going to have to allow God to be the God of all people, and open their own hearts to all people. As the psalmist observed, God is everywhere and creator of everyone: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there thy hand leads me, and thy right hand holds me,” Psalm 139:7-10. Cayce often quoted the passage: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,” Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29.


Having presented this universal Christ, it’s important to acknowledge that in daily personal spirituality, one uses the practices, concepts, and ceremonies of one’s own religion and culture. In homes in Cairo, Tel Aviv, New Delhi, and New York, families flourish best when using their own religious customs. These evoke the spirit and love of God in particular ways that are ingrained into the nature of one’s being. These become sacred. Universalism is not a call to deny one’s unique ways. It is a call to cleanse our hearts and minds of prejudice against others in the name of God. This evil spirit of prejudice overtakes even the most well-intended, causing moral people to commit immoral acts, justified in the name of religious or ethnic purity. And this spirit does not just occur in war. It occurs in daily life, in little ways. All religious people have felt this from others. Jews, Moslems, and even Christians have felt the sting of prejudice against them. Many secularists in society today have an anti-any-religion attitude, and they base their prejudice on the negative actions of religious people throughout the ages. A new spirituality needs to be born. One that is universal. One that allows God to be God of all people. One that has faith that God can and will save all the souls that can be saved, no matter what their religious or nonreligious perspective.


John Van Auken 100 X 120John Van Auken has been studying the Edgar Cayce material for nearly 40 years. Popular with audiences around the world, he has written over 20 books and manuals, and a dozen videos. He has led 34 tours of Egypt and has meditated in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid over 80 times. His latest books include 2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy,Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and From Karma to Grace and his latest videos are Edgar Cayce’s Tour of Egypt with John Van Auken and Meditation Techniques to Boost Soul Growth. John’s extensive knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient Egypt, and other world religions is combined with years of practical application of these truths in his own life. His exciting presentations are packed with useful information combined with insightful and revealing stories.

 

 

Remembering the Prime Directive of the Cayce Work

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Remembering the Prime Directive
of the Cayce Work

By Lynne Salomon Miceli



Edgar Cayce How to Develop Psychic AbilityWhen people think of the Edgar Cayce information, many think first of the more than 9,000 health readings that Cayce gave. Or the readings that focused on controversial Earth-change predictions. Others are most fascinated by the readings on ancient cultures. But there is one main theme that runs through the readings. It comes through in the health readings, the readings on Earth changes, and the information on Egypt, Atlantis, and other ancient cultures. And it’s as important for us today as it was at the time the readings were given.


One of the advantages of working for Atlantic University is that I can attend the weekly lunchtime meetings of the Egypt Study Group in the A.R.E. Visitor Center. Ann Clapp, who compiled the Edgar Cayce Library Series volumes on Egypt, founded the group at the urging of Elizabeth Waitekus, now co-facilitator with Ann. This group has waxed and waned during the past 16 years but its current mode is of exuberant growth. The focus of our study is the era approximately 10,500 B.C., when, according to the Cayce readings, Ra Ta, or Ra (an early incarnation of Edgar Cayce) was High Priest in Egypt. Also incarnated in Egypt at the time were numerous members of what we have come to call Cayce’s “soul group.”


This era, the readings tell us, was “one of the most momentous occasions or periods in the world’s history” (Edgar Cayce reading 900-275). Great efforts were made to develop human beings physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to fulfill our highest potential. This effort was pursued in the ancient temples: the Temple of Sacrifice, the Temple Beautiful, and the Great Pyramid. The tenets put in place in Egypt at that time were those later taught by the Master—who studied in Egypt, among other places, during his time of preparation.


Despite the archetypal enormity of their activities and the challenges they met, people of that time in Egypt seem to have been much like people of our time in so many ways—having many of the same appetites, temptations, failings, and struggles.


eye of horus with globe


One theme emerges time and again in these readings, though expressed in many different words. In the Egypt Group, we keep a small bell on hand and jingle it each time this refrain is repeated in the text.


From life reading 97-2: “In the one before this we find in the land now known as Egypt. The entity then among that peoples who gave the first study of the laws as pertaining to the relationship of man to man, and man to the creative energies…”


From life reading 2652-2: “...with the acceptance of that taught by those that set up the study of the relations of man to man, and man to God, and God to man. The entity gained in the application of same…”


From life reading 355-1: “the entity...aided in bringing much to a peoples... for the maintaining of those influences where…there might be given greater expression to the manifestations of the relationships between man and man, and between the Creative Influences…”


Ra Ta and his colleagues sent emissaries to other nations to share these teachings to correlate them with the spiritual understandings of other people.

From reading 1159-1: “...The entity made for an assistance in those activities when there were the correlations of those teachings from the peoples of the land now called the Indian, or the land of Saneid, the land of On, the people from the Mongolian land, as they gathered in those experiences for their correlation of the best in each that...might be applied...as they sought to make for greater and greater manifestations of their dealings with their fellow man and their activities that brought them in closer relation-ship and understanding with the Creative Forces.”

The theme was stated clearly in a reading Edgar Cayce gave for himself: “Let’s don’t forget the thesis, or the key for which all of this understanding had come: That there might be a closer relationship of man to the Creator and of man to man.” (294-149)



In 1928, reading 254-42 was given for the Board of the Association of National Investigators—a precursor of the A.R.E—which indicated that this should remain the prime directive for the Work:


“...This, then, should be first and foremost: The determined purpose...to have whole hearted cooperation, in a one-minded purpose, and that purpose to make manifest the love of God and man; man's relation to man; man's relation to God. In THIS there must come, as has ever been given, success in such terms as the service is meted…” In 1929, reading 2087-1, given for the development of Atlantic University (and specifically for its first president, William Mosely Brown) stated: “This shall be kept first and foremost in the heart and minds of each and every individual. Not as a tenet to blind the eyes of any. Not merely as a catch-phrase…but rather as a living motto in the hearts, in the lives… of each and every individual, whether this be the truckman, the gardener, the instructor, the pupil, or he that would head such an endeavor - but let it ever be ‘That We May Make Manifest OUR Love, MY Love, ALL Love, for God and Man’.”

Today, written over the doorway of the A.R.E. Visitors Center are the words, “That we may make manifest the love of God and man.”


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Still, we might need to remind ourselves that our organization exists—now as in ancient Egypt—to foster a closer relationship between man and God, God and man, and man and man. Let us remember this and claim the promise given in reading 2673-1: “... may it be said of self—‘Even the stars in their courses will fight for the entity’ in aiding others to understand their relationships with the Creative Forces and their fellow man!”



Lynne Salomon Miceli  Blog 120x98Lynne Salomon Miceli is a founder and former director of the A.R.E of N.Y. Center. She lives in Norfolk, Va., and is the registrar at Atlantic University.


(Adapted and reprinted by permission from the article “The Heart and Soul of the Cayce Work” in the Oct-Dec. ’13 issue of The Open Door, newsletter of the A.R.E. of New York Edgar Cayce Center. Visit them online at EdgarCayceNYC.org.)


Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part one

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Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part one
By Kevin J. Todeschi

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Having been an Ark enthusiast for more than 30 years, I had some measure of anticipation when I first heard about the recent Noah movie: Would the movie capture some of the archetypal significance that resulted in Flood Stories for nearly every culture and civilization on the planet? Would it bring together the tales from various scholarly traditions? Would it explain unexplained portions of the Genesis account? Would it follow some of the same threads of information that had so inspired me? And so on. Unfortunately, I have to say that five minutes into the movie any anticipation I had went right out the window, as the film I watched had absolutely no bearing on the Noah I have come to know.


Noah and Dove

Wikipedia:12th century Venetian mosaic
depiction of Noah sending the dove


As background information, I was first inspired by the Noah story while reading the Genesis account and realizing two things that had never been pointed out to me: Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather, and the scriptural timing for each individual’s respective lifespan suggested that Methuselah had died during the Flood. My passion for the story was further enhanced while reading an Edgar Cayce life reading (those readings dealing with reincarnation) that was given to a 28-year-old woman in 1944, when Cayce stated: “What an unusual record—and one of those who might be termed as physically the mothers of the world! For the entity was one of those in the ark.” (3653-1)


Eventually I was led to Violet Cummings’ book that dealt with her husband’s search for the Ark: Noah’s Ark: Fact or Fable? And I came to understand that since 1840 alone there have been more than 20 recorded sightings of Noah’s craft by approximately 200 people. My enthusiasm for the story grew, and I scoured dozens of resources. I eventually wrote my master’s thesis on the topic of “The Ark Myth: Biblical, Rabbinical, and Transpersonal,” (1988), and in time my novel, The Rest of the Noah Story (2010), pulling together all that I had discovered through many decades of research and study. Unfortunately for today’s movie goers, the producers didn’t even get the Genesis account correct.


The movie contains giant rock creatures (similar to the Ents, large tree creatures in Lord of the Rings or the rock monster in Galaxy Quest—I am not making this up)! From the movie’s perspective, only Shem has a wife aboard, which contradicts the Genesis account: “In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark.” (Genesis 7:13) Causing quite a bit of frustration for at least one of Noah’s other sons. There is also an evil stowaway onboard, Tubal-cain, who in the Bible is Noah’s cousin and a maker of iron and brass (Genesis 4:22). The movie also has Noah convinced that his mission is to help God put an end to humankind, at one point coming to the brink of almost killing his granddaughters so that no further wombs will be available to birth humankind.


There is a wealth of rabbinical wisdom and inspiration that the movie also overlooks or never knew of to begin with. Rather than having a vision of Enoch (a biblical forefather that never died but was “taken up” by God [Genesis 5:24]), Noah has a crazed dream. Rather than drawing upon some of the rabbinical thought as to why Ham deserted his family and became a wanderer and the eventual father of slaves, the movie version portrayed him as mad at his dad for allowing his girlfriend to die in a mob stampede. The list goes on and on.


Noah's Sacrifice

Wikipedia: Noah's Sacrifice
by Daniel Maclise


Perhaps more than any other Biblical tale, the story of Noah, his family, the Ark, and the Flood are known by individuals all over the world. A conservative estimate is that more than 1.5 billion of the earth’s inhabitants are familiar with the tale! However, the story of Noah is not the only known Flood Tradition. In fact, the “Epic of Gilgamesh” from Babylonian tablets dates back to the 7th Century B.C. and is also widely known.


This story, in essential detail, can be recited by countless individuals around the world. What is not so well known is the fact that Genesis contains not one account of the flood story but two! Modern religious scholarship has isolated at least three major sources for the Book of Genesis: the “J source,” the “P source,” and the “E source,” standing for Jehovah, the Priestly document, and Elohim, respectively. It is the J source and the P source which each have their own account of the Flood.


Originally, the different sources of Genesis were discovered because of the way in which the sources referred to God. The J source uses only the name “Yahweh” (Lord) when referring to God; the P source uses the names “Elohim” (God) and “El Shaddai” (God Almighty), and the E source uses both “Yahweh and “Elohim.” When the Bible was being compiled (no, it did not fall from the sky in one piece), it was the job of a “redactor” to compile all major sources together into one story, but in several instances it is easy to see items in the Noah story that were overlooked by the redactor. Examples: 1) each account has a different number of animals that Noah was instructed to take into the Ark, and 2) each account has a different length of time for the Flood itself.


P Source

 

Total number of animals = One pair of each creature (Genesis 6:19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total length of Flood: The water lasted 150 days and remained on the earth for a total of one year and 11 days.

J Source

 

Total number of animals: Seven pairs of birds and “clean” animals, and one pair of unclean (Genesis 7:2). Essentially a “clean animal” is one which chews a cud and has a divided hoof (Leviticus 7:1-11); a clean animal never eats other animals.

 

Total length of Flood: The rain lasted 40 days and 40 nights and the water evaporated after three seven-day intervals of Noah releasing the dove out of the Ark to see if it was safe. Total = 61 days.



Regardless of whether or not we believe the Flood story, it is an archetype, because it is a part of the human experience all over the world. More than 200 “Flood Stories” are scattered throughout the various cultures and continents on the planet. The story has meaning across time and traditions and, as an archetype, is a symbol that deeply touches some aspect of human experience. What this means is that over and above any possible literal truth, the Ark can be seen as a symbolic representation of transformation and change, because the ship’s occupants underwent a journey over which they had no control and yet somehow ended up at a higher level of awareness because of their catastrophic experience. In most of these accounts, legend describes how a family survives a deluge of enormous proportions. Prior to the disaster, the family generally pulls together everything that is part of their world (such as the animals in the story of Noah described in Genesis) and finds refuge in a craft or a ship in which they can ride out the storm. Oftentimes, the family has no control over their journey for the ship is inundated from above and below and they are forced to simply ride out the storm. At the end of the flood, the craft generally finds higher and stable ground and the occupants can disembark and begin their lives anew. Everything that was a part of their old world is now a part of their new (e.g., the animals get off the Ark as well). The difference is that now all of the ship’s occupants find themselves upon higher ground.


Because so much of the today’s world finds itself in the midst of transformation and change, this archetype has resurfaced. However, take my advice—skip the movie and read the Genesis account.


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Kevin Todeschi 80x100 pxKevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. His is the author of twenty-five books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and The Rest of the Noah Story.

 

 

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