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gerontius grumpus
71839.  Mon May 29, 2006 6:33 pm Reply with quote

The new international bible has it as two of every kind, but that version is flawed in many ways.

 
dr.bob
71850.  Tue May 30, 2006 3:36 am Reply with quote

Much like most other versions, then :)

 
96aelw
71854.  Tue May 30, 2006 4:18 am Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
The new international bible has it as two of every kind, but that version is flawed in many ways.


No it doesn't. Flawed it may be, but not in that way.

 
Celebaelin
71869.  Tue May 30, 2006 7:51 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Genesis 7

1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven [a] of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."
[a] Genesis 7:2 Or seven pairs

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=1&chapter=7&version=31

 
Jenny
71924.  Tue May 30, 2006 12:23 pm Reply with quote

Actually, it doesn't make good farming sense to take seven pairs, because the males are generally only good for fertilisation purposes*, so seven would be good only if one were male and the rest female.


<anticipation of likely response>

* I didn't say it applied to humans did I?
</anticipation>

 
barbados
71931.  Tue May 30, 2006 12:30 pm Reply with quote

wasn't the second one full of fish Jenny ;-))

 
QI Individual
71934.  Tue May 30, 2006 12:38 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Actually, it doesn't make good farming sense to take seven pairs,

For the sake of genetic diversity it would make sense to take seven males as well.

 
Jenny
71959.  Tue May 30, 2006 4:27 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
wasn't the second one full of fish Jenny ;-))


Ah yes - that would be the very tall one... the multi-storey carp ark.

 
Jenny
71960.  Tue May 30, 2006 4:28 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
For the sake of genetic diversity it would make sense to take seven males as well.


How come God cared about genetic diversity for animals if it was OK for us humans all to descend from Adam and Eve? Huh? Huh?

 
QI Individual
71969.  Tue May 30, 2006 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Considering Eve was made of spare bits of Adam it's even worse than you think.

Hi sis!

 
thePhantom
73833.  Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:45 am Reply with quote

and didn't they hav only 2 sons?
and one of them killed the other!
err mum, dad and son to get the human race started!

 
96aelw
73838.  Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:32 pm Reply with quote

thePhantom wrote:
and didn't they hav only 2 sons?


'Fraid not. After Cain killed Abel, they had a third son, Seth, and then "many other sons and daughters", according to Genesis, none of whom get names. And Cain, when exiled to the land of Nod, managed to find a wife there who definitely wasn't his mother, so one might suppose that whoever was writing it at this juncture was assuming that there were people living there who may not have been related to Adam or Eve at all, even if he doesn't explicitly state this, or offer an explanation. And despite the bloke who wrote the previous chapter claiming that everyone is descended from Eve.

 
swot
73924.  Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:27 am Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
"many other sons and daughters", according to Genesis, none of whom get names.


'Salways the same in large families. Someone's always ignored.

 
thePhantom
74557.  Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:58 am Reply with quote

i agree... but you have to admit the human race is a big family!

 
Stefan Linnemann
74680.  Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:03 am Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
thePhantom wrote:
and didn't they hav only 2 sons?


'Fraid not. After Cain killed Abel, they had a third son, Seth, and then "many other sons and daughters", according to Genesis, none of whom get names. And Cain, when exiled to the land of Nod, managed to find a wife there who definitely wasn't his mother, so one might suppose that whoever was writing it at this juncture was assuming that there were people living there who may not have been related to Adam or Eve at all, even if he doesn't explicitly state this, or offer an explanation. And despite the bloke who wrote the previous chapter claiming that everyone is descended from Eve.

Cue Orwell: "Some humans are more everyone than others." ?

 

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