(c. 2704 - 1755 BCE )
Noah was the son of Lamech and born ten generations
after Adam. The Torah relates that "Noah was a righteous man in his generation"
(Genesis 6:9) and thus spared
the fate of all humanity at that time to the earth's destruction by
water. Noah builds an ark at God's
command, and takes his wife, sons Shem Ham and Japheth, and his son's
daughters into the ark. The ark also saves a male and female of each
animal. (Genesis 7) After
150 days of floating, the ark lands on Mount Ararat. When they enter
on dry land, Noah and his family prepare sacrifices to God. God promises
that he will never again destroy the earth through flood. He shows the
family a sign of his eternal covenant: A rainbow. Noah plants a vineyard
and becomes drunk after the ark incident and his sons cover his nakedness.
He dies at age 950.
Sources: Bridger, David. Ed. The
New Jewish Encyclopedia, NY: Behrman House, 1976; Navigating
the Bible II