Noah: The Garden Versus the Tower (Noah, Genesis 6:9-11:32)

By Dr. Erica BrownIn the midst of the post-flood re-creation stories in this week’s Torah reading, we find two different responses to the tragedy of the world’s destruction. The first, in chapter 10, is the rebuilding and repopulation of the world. Like God himself in the first chapter of Genesis, Noah is responsible for plant and animal life and the regeneration of his own species.Part of this is accomplished through the release of animals from the ark and from Noah’s planting a vineya … [Read more...]