‘You see the water, you see the wood’
The Bible and the Fathers
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A range of cultures from across the globe tell stories of floods survived by ancestral figures. Despite some efforts to harmonize these accounts to prove the historical truth of the biblical account of Noah's flood, the myths and legends from the Americas, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe present a range of incompatible details. As a key figure in the history of the world, Noah is mentioned in a number of biblical books. Some of the references to him, both in the Old and New Testaments are simply genealogical. A variety of interpretations of the character of Noah and the details of the Flood story were developed and expanded in the early Christian era. The importance of the mystery of the Flood in the development of sacramental and eschatological thought in the patristic era is undeniable.

Water and fire

The myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England


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