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The angels brought the animals together. ) The Lord closed the ark on the 17th evening. ) Seven flood gates of heaven and seven fountains of the deep were opened. ) Water poured out forty days and nights. The whole world was full of water, which extended fifteen cubits above the mountains (Jub. 5:22-26; cf. Gen. 7 : 1 2 , 18, 20). Water was on the earth for five months (150 days). ) On the new 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 *) This passage, following Gen. 5:29, attributes to Noah the meaning derived from Dm.
To make anything like a complete flood story, these episodes must be included in the literal. J t is well to keep in mind that Philo comments upon the Greek rather than upon the Hebrew text. However, even when we compare his biblical quotations with the L X X , they show some interesting variants. It is not unusual for him to offer two or more alternative explanations to the same passage. For our purpose, the several treatises which take their titles from the flood material*) prove rather disappointing.
Ii. 2 7 , assumes that the animals became tame from association with man; cf. also "entered in concord into tne ark," I Clem. 9:4. ) Philo, Abr. 4 3 , has a cloud cover heaven; R. Johanan insisted that the planets could not be seen, Gen. R. 2 5 . 2 ; 34. 1 1 . ) The writer informs us that the whole earth was not yet inhabited, but only the land of the garden where Seth's descendants dwelt and the place of Cain's descendants (iii. 25). 2 3 4 5 6 NOAH IN THE APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA 39 three ordinary cubits, and covered all the high mountains.