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26 Facts About Noah
Noah is portrayed as a "tiller of the soil" and as a drinker of wine.
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Tenth and final of the pre-Flood Patriarchs, son to Lamech and an unnamed mother, Noah is 500 years old before his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth are born.
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Noah drank wine made from this vineyard, and got drunk; and lay "uncovered" within his tent.
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John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, and a Church Father, wrote in the 4th century that Noah's behavior is defensible: as the first human to taste wine, he would not know its effects: "Through ignorance and inexperience of the proper amount to drink, fell into a drunken stupor".
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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible notes that this story echoes parts of the Garden of Eden story: Noah is the first vintner, while Adam is the first farmer; both have problems with their produce; both stories involve nakedness; and both involve a division between brothers leading to a curse.
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Book of Jubilees refers to Noah and says that he was taught the arts of healing by an angel so that his children could overcome "the offspring of the Watchers".
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Noah is never seen to speak; he simply listens to God and acts on his orders.
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Encyclopedia Judaica notes that Noah's drunkenness is not presented as reprehensible behavior.
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For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
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In Newton's view, while Noah was a monotheist, the gods of pagan antiquity are identified with Noah and his descendants.
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Noah is a highly important figure in Islam and he is seen as one of the most significant of all prophets.
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Noah's life is spoken of in the commentaries and in Islamic legends.
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Noah is later reviled by his people and reproached by them for being a mere human messenger and not an angel .
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Only the lowest in the community join Noah in believing in God's message, and Noah's narrative further describes him preaching both in private and public.
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The Quran narrates that Noah received a revelation to build an Ark, after his people refused to believe in his message and hear the warning.
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Also, Islamic beliefs deny the idea of Noah being the first person to drink wine and experience the aftereffects of doing so.
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In Baha'i belief, only Noah's followers were spiritually alive, preserved in the ark of his teachings, as others were spiritually dead.
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The Baha'i scripture Kitab-i-Iqan endorses the Islamic belief that Noah had a large number of companions, either 40 or 72, besides his family on the Ark, and that he taught for 950 years before the flood.
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