Week 6: Noah and the Great Flood
Moses 8; Genesis 6–11
19 October 2017
On understanding the scale of the Great Flood and how to contextualize the Biblical account:
- Clayton M. White and Mark D. Thomas, “On Balancing Faith in Mormonism with Traditional Biblical Stories: The Noachian Flood Story,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 40, no. 3 (2007): 85–110.
- Duane E. Jeffery, “Noah’s Flood: Modern Scholarship and Mormon Traditions,” Sunstone 134 (October 2004): 27–39, 42–45.
- Paul Seely, “The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological” (a three-part blog series), BioLogos Blog, last modified 5 February 2010.
- Robert B. Chisholm Jr., “Does God Change His Mind’?,” Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (October–December 1995): 387–99. Chisholm explores the meaning and theological implications of Old Testament passages that indicate God relented from or regretted (KJV “repented”) his course of action, as he did in Genesis 6:6–7.
- Stirling Adams, reviews of The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and Noah’s Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery, BYU Studies 44, no. 1 (2005): 157–69. The story of the cursing of Canaan (Genesis 9:20–27) was used to justify slavery in Antebellum America; it was similarly used by early Mormons to explain the ban on ordaining men of African ancestry to the priesthood. Adams reviews a recent book on the history of "the curse of Ham."
- Paul H. Seely, “The Date of the Tower of Babel and Some Theological Implications,” Westminster Theological Journal 63 (2001): 15–38. Using internal and external evidence, BYU Professor Paul Seely attempts to data the story of the tower of Babel, and explain how it fits into our broader understanding of human history.