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Noah, Malta and genetics

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and look and see, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Look and see, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood… Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you…" Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him….. Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation…." And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him… In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened… On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,.. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind… Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. Genesis 6: 9 – 7: 22
Many old Jersey family Bibles contain notes alongside the text of the King James 1611 Version. Generally those Notes would include the calculated dates of the events which the Bible was recording.

Do you know what date was given for Noah’s flood?  The date was calculated using only the information about the births, deaths and ages at death of individual lives recorded in the Bible. On that basis Noah’s flood (see above) occurred in BC 2304 +/- 11 years.... Only four couples survived out of the whole of earth’s population.

‘History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make.’ (Anon.)
What’s that got to do with Malta? Malta has an amazing number of ancient inhabited sites as well as, in the Valetta Museum of Archaeology, a fascinating collection of artefacts. The Museum ground floor is devoted to the period known as Neolithic (neo = new; lithos = stone). New Stone Age people were in Malta from before 4000 BC and left several temples and carved stone items there dating from that period.

The first floor of the Museum displays Maltese artefacts relating to the Bronze Age and its people. The first statement at the entrance on that floor explains that, in Malta, there was no known continuity between Malta’s Stone Age people and Malta’s Bronze Age people. Indeed, the text states that the Stone Age people must, for some reason not known to its archaeologists, have been totally extinct before Iron Age people arrived around 2400 BC......

A few days ago The Daily Telegraph (and other newspapers around the world) carried a headline “Half of Western European Men descended from one Bronze Age “king” who lived over 4,000 years ago.” This was all about a study by genetic scientists published in the journal Nature Genetics.

The monarch is believed to be one of the earliest people to take power in Europe following the Stone Age…. Although it is not known who the “king” was, he must have existed - because of this study of genetic variation in today’s European populations…. The study analysed sequence differences between the Y chromosomes of more than 1200 men from 26 populations around the world using data generated by the 1000 Genomes Project.

Moving forwards from 2,300 BC to AD 30, Jesus is on the record in two of the four first-century biographies about him as referring to Noah and the flood.

Here are the words of Jesus to his disciples as recorded by Luke, a doctor who was meticulous in his researches: The Son of man ... must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

‘Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.’ (Thomas Gray, English poet, 1716-1771)
He said that in the “days of the Son of Man” things will be the same as in the “days of Noah”.

These are the days of the Son of Man. We need an ark. He is.
Richard Syvret

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