Genesis 6:9–11:32: On the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and PETA’s Beef with Genesis 9:3 (Bible Talk, Ep. 3)

Interview
09.23.2020

In this third episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 6:9—11:32. They discuss Noah and the flood, the genealogy of Genesis 10, the Tower of Babel, and what all of this has to do with Jesus.

SHOW NOTES

1:54 — Have you guys seen Noah, the 2014 film from Darren Aronofsky?

4:10 — In the flood, God turned Earth into a graveyard. Have we lost the weight of this?

5:55 — How does the flood point toward a future new creation?

10:44 — Are there clues in Genesis 8 that suggest that Moses wants us to see Mount Ararat as a new Eden?

15:00 — These chapters mention an important biblical word for the first time: covenant. What’s a covenant?

19:50 — In Genesis 9:3, God authorizes man to eat meat. What lessons about government does Jim draw from this passage?

22:20 — Is “an eye for an eye” barbaric? Or is it a sign of God’s restraining mercy? What’s this have to do with capital punishment?

24:26 — Sam gives the elevator version of why government exists according to the Bible.

25:05 — What exactly did Ham do to Noah? Why does he get cursed?

20:05 — How is the genealogy of Genesis 10 a perfect segue to the Tower of Babel?

30:50 — Why does the prologue of Genesis—chapters one through eleven—end with the Tower of Babel?

33:38 — How is Jesus the solution for every problem presented so far?

RAPID-FIRE QUESTIONS

36:55 — Peter references the flood in a rather confusing passage (1 Peter 3:18–22). Help us understand.

40:47 — How can a loving and merciful God drown nearly every person on the face of the earth?

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Image: Deluge, Ivan Aivazovsky (1864)