[noah: remembering the story]

[noah: remembering the story]

Everyone – at least in Christian circles – seems to be talking about the latest movie called Noah.

Sam and I watched it last Friday with our friends.

I walked away, feeling quite content because I didn’t expect it to be a documentary or an evangelization tool. One of my friends, however, raved how unbiblical it was.

My own opinion? 

There certainly are many things that were not mentioned directly in the Bible account. However, instead of them being wrong, perhaps they were not mentioned? (Take into account that the story is over than 5,000 years old, if not older recorded and re-recorded.)

If anything, this movie made me wake up on Saturday morning and re-read the Flood story in the Bible to see what I forgot.

Another friend of mine reminded on his Facebook that our minds, most of the time, are “polluted” by knowledge. We have heard the story of Noah so many times (especially if you went to kids’ Sunday School or camps) that it is hard to remember what was in the actual Bible story and what was simply taught to us by our teachers. (Kinda like when everyone is convinced there were 3 magi who visited Jesus in the stable.)

I wish we could block the “context” as we read the stories.

To read what is written and not what we think is written

My friend Yevgen Shatalov compiled a mini-list of “Biblical Noah” myths:

1. “Everyone laughed when Noah built the Ark” – nowhere in the Bible it says that. It was added to make the story more challenging. (As if building such an enormous boat wasn’t a challenge enough.)

2. “Noah tried to call others into the Ark, but they declined.” Another improvisation. Bible only says that Noah and his family entered the boat along with the animals.

3. “Noah is a righteous man and the movie describes him as someone who killed.” Righteousness in the Bible is not sinlessness. David, Moses, Abraham – they all were righteous people, yet they fought with others and killed people. 

4. “Biblical Noah built the Ark on his own and in the movie, golems have helped him.” First, we don’t know whether he built it on his own or not (again, Bible does not say anything about it), and second, golems are characters we don’t know much about. Could they exist in the days of Noah? Perhaps.

Did you watch the movie? What do you think?

  • Unfortunately, it was not playing when I was able to get there (the matinee). So Jo & I went to Divergent at our local theater ($5/ticket). Noah is to come at the end of April. I plan to see it then. I WANT to see it then. I like Russell Crowe. And I want to see what everyone is “crowing” about. (I know bad pun, but what can i say?) They complain about it being written by an atheist. So what? Have they gone to see any movie where one was directing, writing, acting in it? I bet. is that any worse than seeing Scientology in Tom Cruise? Or how about “The Passion?” We all know what Mel Gibson did. Give me a break? it is a movie!!!!

    • Funny you mention the Passion – just watched it an hour ago with Sam. We decided to make the last month before the big day a special time of renewing faith and so we started Lent a bit later than everyone, but yeah. The only thing in the movie I wish was different is more pointing out the resurrection. I love that moment in the other Jesus’ movie (1999)… when Jesus calls Mary by name when she mistook him for a gardener. I always grin.

  • Jessica W

    I like that list of myths, especially #1 and #2…mostly because those are some ideas that I’ve thought too!!

    I’m currently reading a book based on the life of Job (Love Amid the Ashes), and when I’m done, I want to reread Job to compare the two. I can loan it to you on Kindle if you’d like – just let me know.

    And what in the world are golems? Gollum? in Golan Heights? 🙂

    • Yeah, I was guilty as charged about those #1 and #2 as well. And to think about it – I passed on the teaching to other kids… *Bowing my head in shame…*

      Golems – I have heard about them, but never read about them before Yevgen mentioned them. According to the Wikipedia:

      In Jewish folklore, a golem (/ˈɡoʊləm/ goh-ləm; Hebrew: גולם‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material (usually out of stone and clay) in Psalms and medieval writing.

  • I had pretty well decided to go see the movie and after reading your post I know I will. It does not threaten my faith because it is entertainment. There is so little really we know about what took place but I can be assured it was not did for entertainment. Love the points you gave on some myths we have used about Noah and the flood. Never heard of golems either but then there is much I have never heard of. This was a good written post Zee, thanks for the review.

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