Chapters 4 and 5
In chapter 4 we get the story of Cain and Abel. I must have grown up sheltered, but I had never heard of the ‘mark of Cain’ (4:15), or knew that it referred to black people. It’s only the second day of reading, and I’m disgusted already. I’ve often wondered where Cain found a wife, and I had never heard of ‘pre-Adamite theory’ either. We’re into apologist acrobatics, already.
These videos tell the real story of Noah’s ark better than I ever could.
Chapters 6 and 7
In chapter 6 we learn about the giants who roamed the earth, and about the offspring of sons of god (angels?) who mated with mortal women (just like in other mythologies). These are also called Nephilim, and will reappear in Numbers 13 as giants who inhabited Canaan at the time of the Israelite conquest. And then of course we get the story of Noah’s Ark; cruelty and genocide. I won’t be reading any cute picture books about it to my grandchildren. I’ll let the videos illustrate the story. And the SAB takes care of the rest of the commentary. (How many of each animal did Noah take onto the ark? And how did he know which were clean and which were unclean, when the laws of Leviticus hadn’t been written yet?)