Only Eight Survivors of Noah's Flood?
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing wherein few,
that is, eight souls were saved by water.
I Peter 3:20 (KJV)
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell...
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth, a preacher of
righteousness, bringing the flood upon the world of the ungodly...
II Peter 2:4-5 (KJV)
At least two different verses of the Bible clearly state there were eight,
only eight, survivors of Noah's flood. Most people have been taught the
eight people who survived the flood were Noah, his wife, his three sons
and their wives. If we look at all this in more detail, however, another
possibility might just come to the surface.
First, if we notice, I Peter 3:20 mentions these "eight" in the terms of souls.
The other verse mentions "Noah the eighth." The eighth what? What is
going on here? Could these "eight" refer to something specific - a specific
type of soul, or person, perhaps?(1)
The Bible, truly, is a book about a specific generation of people:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created
man, in the likeness of God made he him.
Genesis 5:1 (KJV)
The Bible clearly states it is a book about the one man, Adam, and his
future generations. It does not say those from other groups of people were
not significant, or don't matter. Simply, the Bible is an account of this man
and his generations - the first Adam down to who would be the "last
Adam" - the "savior." The last "Adam" (in relation to the prophecy of
Genesis 3:15) was Jesus Christ himself (I Corinthians 15:45). The Bible is
a book on the trials and tribulations associated with the people who carried
on this particular seed of Adam (the Israeli people), up to Christ, and
Since we know the Bible is the story of the descendants of Adam, it is also
possible the above two verses indeed are telling us the truth. They refer to
only eight souls - eight Adamic souls.(2) In other words, only eight people
were saved from this flood who had the chosen seed of Adam.
Noah, as the Bible states, was "perfect" in his generations (Genesis 6:9). In
other words, it probably meant he was from this special seed of Adam and
Eve, and thats all.(3) Noah had a bloodline not compromised by the genes
of Cain, the Nephilim, Watchers, or any other group of human being (see
"Birds" and "Beasts").
After the flood, ancient sources state, Noah built a city. The name of this
city was Themanon: City of the Eight. Interestingly enough, the ancient
Arabs thought of this city as City of the Eighty.(4) Could there have been
more survivors to the flood - perhaps up to eighty? If eight souls of these
descendants of Adam went aboard, along with other people, this could
make light of a lot of unanswered questions we have always had.
We recall from "Birds" and "Beasts", there could have been four groups of
people on the earth at the time, beyond those of Adam. There could have
been Chay (Beasts) of the Field, Owph (Fowl) of the Air, Bahemah,
Remes (Creeping Thing) that Creepeth, as well as the Adamites on earth.
Were members of these groups allowed to board the ark? Maybe these
7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and
Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives
of his sons with them, into the ark;
7:14 They, and every Beast (Chay) of the Field after his kind, and all
the cattle (Bahemah) after their kind, and every Creeping Thing
(the Remes) that Creepeth on the earth after his kind, and every
Fowl (Owph) of the Air after his kind, every bird of every sort.
7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark... wherein is the breath
Traditionally, many people once thought this referred to Noah and the lists
these groups, however, we notice the verses mention these Fowl (Owph)
of the Air and birds separately. If the two both stood for birds, why
separate the two? Why, unless the Fowl of the Air was a specific name of
a group of individuals - another group that were not birds?
We'll see these same four groups, again and again:
7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life (another translation of
the Hebrew word Chay), of all that was in the dry land, died.
7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face
of the ground, both Man (sons of Adam), and Cattle (Bahemah),
and the Creeping Things (Remes), and the Fowl (Owph) of the
Heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only
remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Why do these verses seem so complex? Isn't it much simpler for the Bible
to state, "all humans and animals died?" Why does the Bible continually
mention these groups in this same way, as more of a "proper" name?
Another thing that may perplex the reader: if the flood destroyed the rest of
the world - the Cainites, fallen angels, and their mixed offspring, why do
we have mention of these same peoples after?
And there we saw the giants (the Nephilim), the sons of Anak (the
Anakim), which come of the giants (the Nephilim): and we were in their
sight as grasshoppers...
Numbers 13:33 (KJV)
... So the Kenites (Cainites) departed from among the Amalekites.
I Samuel 15:6 (KJV)
How come the descendants of the Nephilim (the Anakim) lived after the
flood?(5) How could the descendants of Cain survive, along with other
groups of antediluvian people - sons of the serpent Amalek (known as
Amalekites)? There are even a number of these post-flood giants
mentioned by name (Og and Sihon, in Deuteronomy 3:11, Joshua 13:12,
and Numbers 32:33, for example).
Many of us also know of the giant Goliath, who was among those who
continued to further plague the children of Israel after the flood. How could
this happen if they were all destroyed? The Bible states that all souls except
eight died who were not aboard Noah's ark. Could more antediluvian souls
have been allowed on board, in order to repopulate the world?
Could many of these same people have gone astray, to make their own
marks upon the post-flood world, again? Could many have continued with
the knowledge and influences of their antediluvian ways of life - the
negative aspects - and brought them to Babylon and beyond? Legacy of
Nimrod could tell us more.
(1) Book of the Glory of Kings (Kerba Nagast), 8. Concerning the Flood,
trans. Sir. E. A. Wallis Budge (London: Humphrey Milford, 1932).
(2) Saltair na Rann, 2433-6, 2513-6, trans. David Greene; Were there any
pre adamic humans in the ark?, 2, http://www.truebiblecode.
com/understanding238.html (accessed Sept. 7, 2005).
(3) The Companion Bible, Appendix 26 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel
Publications, 1990), 28.
(4) The Book of the Bee, Chapter 20: Of Noah and the Flood, trans.
Earnest A. Wallis Budge, M. A., http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/bb/bb20.
htm (accessed Oct. 10, 2004); Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Adam
and Eve, Question 10 (notes), trans. Michael E. Stone (Leiden: E. J. Brill,
1996), 122; The Book of the Cave of Treasures, The Third Thousand
Years, From the Flood to the Reign of Reu, Noah Founds Themanon, The
City of the “Eight.” (and notes), trans. Sir E. A. Wallis Budge (London:
The Religious Tract Society, 1927), 116-18; The History of al-Tabari –
Volume I: General Introduction and From the Creation to the Flood, The
Events That Took Place in Noah’s Time, 196, trans. Franz Rosenthal
(Albany: New York Press, 1989), 366.
(5) The Zohar, Volume 1, Beresheet A, Section 20. The five types of the
mixed multitude, 231, http://www2.kabbalah.com/k/index.
php/p=zohar/zohar&vol=2&sec=41 (accessed Feb. 24, 2010); Josh. 14:12.
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