'Noah' tops box office, sparks debate

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  • JohnCohen Buena Vista, VA
    April 6, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Anyone with biblical scholarship would recognize that most of the events in the movie are based on Jewish folklore. There are countless renditions of the story of Noah in Judaism, the one we know is just one of them. There is no 'true' version of this story. Many of the renditions have giants, watchers, and other fantastic creatures. The version of the story that appears in the bible even speaks of giants. In some of these stories mankind is not supposed to survive because they destroyed creation. Even the environmental aspects of the movie are true to folklore. Before the flood God had only commanded people to eat plants after the flood this changes. When the story of Noah is read in Hebrew there are many puns, foreshadowing and genius constructions. I think when you read the Torah in english it is actually a lot easier to see it as a literal history, because almost all literary devices are totally lost. The purpose of the movie was to retell the story using the culture and folklore of the Jewish people, and to adapt it slightly to have a more relatable, universal, message. It was truly a masterpiece.