RE: [asa] (save the birds) Noah's Ark- the debate over floods... and biblical interpretation

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Mon Apr 13 2009 - 16:07:51 EDT

On Mon, 13 Apr 2009, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> In addition- if the flood were local, there would be no reason to save the dove and raven as they can easily fly away to escape the water.
> ...Bernie

The question as to whether the flood was global or local seems irrelevant
to the behavior of the raven and the dove. At the time when they were
released, mountains were visible (Gen. 8:5), and so the flood was no
longer global if it ever was. Noah presumably hoped to find out if there
was dry land nearby. I am not an ornithologist, but apparently from what
the people of the Ancient Near East understood about birds, they would
have believed that Noah's assumption about what to expect the birds to do
was correct.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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