The act itself must have been repellent for the early readers of the Bible, especially since it concerned the archetypal righteous man and the father of the postdiluvian
In this postdiluvian
world, the poet and his physical environment are made one, just as his voice attempts to create objects from the natural world in the first part.
In this sense, Roger Bacon hailed him as the "Father of Philosophers," while an alchemical treatise of the 12th century attributed him a very old ancestry, identifying him with three historical persons (the "three Hermeses"): Enoch, Noah and the postdiluvian
pharaoh of Egypt known as Hermes Triplex (as ruler, philosopher and prophet) (Yates 1964: 48-49).
Newton's research convinced him that elaborate kingdoms and city life emerged only slowly after the Flood (dated by the chronologer James Ussher at 2340 BCE), largely because the "course of nature," as evidenced by the primitive demography of his time, did not allow a suitable reproduction in the immediate postdiluvian
period for a rapid repopulation, as many assumed.
Compare this list with that of the postdiluvian
generations in Genesis chapter 11:10ff, where the age at which each of Shem's offspring first had a child is provided: Shem at 100 years; Arpachshad at 35; Shelah at 30; Eber at 34; Peleg at 30; Reu at 32; Serug at 30; Nahor at 29; and Terah at 70.
Visions of the postdiluvian
future could easily descend into the gloomy or the melodramatic.
Yoder thus interprets the postdiluvian
instructions to Noah as regulations on preexisting violence, rather than as an endorsement of violence.
Specifically, I focus on the postdiluvian
covenant with Noah in Genesis 8:20-9:17.
What becomes evident in a comparative postdiluvian
reading of these works is that the racial injustices committed along the levees of the Mississippi Delta, as depicted by Wright, and the destruction of the Cajun and poor white homes in South Louisiana, as depicted by Faulkner, are not merely the oppressive consequences of an elite response to a natural disaster; the chronology should not suggest simply that a human disaster exacerbated a natural one but rather that the shape and scope of the destruction of both floods were consequences of preexisting social and economic structures.
Perhaps it is unsurprising that we find our times reflected in this earlier postdiluvian
climate, but that is not really the point.
In this larger narrative, while some postdiluvian
rapprochement occurs in 8:21, the most decisive event for the humanity's redemption comes at Sinai, where God's gracious gift of the Torah opens a new chapter in human wisdom.
At last, a little postdiluvian
comfort as Arena racing director Ian Renton says he is optimistic Southwell will race in early November