- I have a number of questions about the Genesis Flood chronology and
would be grateful for advice on the more notable scholarly opinions on
First, has any major scholar considered that the *story* of the Flood
begins, not on Day 17 of Month 2 of Year 600, but at some point in
Month 1? I raise this because (a) Genesis 7:6 says "Noah was six
hundred years old when the Flood of waters came upon the earth"; and
(b) if you take the first month of year 600 as the starting point,
then the elapsed time till the Ark rests on the mountain-tops is six
months, (the 150 days of the rising waters equaling five 30-day
months); this, plus Month 7 in which the Ark "rests" on the mountains,
makes up a seven-month cycle mirroring the 7-day creation-cycle of
Genesis 1. The period from (and including) Month 7 of Year 600 to
Month 2 of Year 601 then makes up another seven-month period in which
the earth is recreated, again in line with Genesis 1.
Please note that I'm well aware of the function of the Flood narrative
as a recapitulation of the creation narrative: what I'm interested in
here is the chronology, as I haven't been able to discover anyone who
starts the count with Month 1, which gives this lovely mirror of the
seven days of Gen. 1. The mirroring goes even further, in fact: if
Month 2, when the Flood itself begins, is intended as the equivalent
of Day 2, then it signifies that "de-creation" has extended back to
the day on which the firmament was put in place to separate the waters
above from the waters below: in Month 2 the firmament is breached and
the waters are allowed to combine once again.
Second, what's the meaning of the Flood beginning on the 17th day of
the month, and the ark resting on the mountains also on the 17th? What
was special about the 17th? It might make sense if the Sabbath were
involved in some way, but I can't see that it is.
If you can provide any references I'd be most grateful.