Translated by Victor Alexander ©2001 (posted Nov. 28, 2001)
Genesis 5*1. This is the Scripture of Adam's birth. In the eon that God created Adam, in the likeness of God He created him,
2. Male and female He created them, and God blessed them, and He called their name Adam, in the eon He created them.
3. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and he produced offspring in his own image and he called his name Seth.
4. And Adam's line, after the birth of Seth, lived eight hundred years and to him were born many sons and daughters.
5. And so Adam's entire line was nine hundred and thirty years altogether, and then it ended.*
6. And Seth lived one hundred and five years, and to him was born Enosh.
7. And Seth's line lived, after Enosh was born to him, eight hundred and seven years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
8. And Seth's entire line was nine hundred and twelve years, and then it ended.
9. And Enosh lived ninety years and to him was born Kenan.
10. And Enosh's line lived, after Kenan was born to him, eight hundred and fifteen years, and he brought forth many sons and daughters.
11. And all Enoch's line was nine hundred and five years, and then it ended.
12. And Kenan lived seventy years and to him was born Mahalalail.
13. And Kenan's line lived, after Mahalalail was born to him, eight hundred and forty years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
14. And Kenan's entire line was nine hundred and ten years, and then it ended.
15. And Mahalalail lived sixty-five years and to him was born Irad.
16. And Mahalalail's line lived, after Irad was born to him, eight hundred and thirty years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
17. And Mahalalail's entire line was eight hundred and ninety-five years, and then it ended.
18. And Irad lived one hundred and sixty-two years and to him was born Enosh.
19. And Irad's line lived, after Enosh was born to him, eight hundred years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
20. And Irad's entire line was nine hundred and sixty-two years, and then it ended.
21. And Enoch lived sixty-five years and to him was born Methuselah.*
22. And Enoch glorified God after the birth of Methuselah, [and his offspring for] three hundred years [did likewise,] and he brought forth sons and daughter.
23. And Enoch's entire line was three hundred and sixty-five years.
24. And Enoch praised God for his duty, for which God had consecrated him.
25. And Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years and to him was born Lamech.
26. And Methuselah's line lived, after the birth of Lamech, seven hundred and eighty-two years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
27. And Methuselah's entire line was nine hundred and sixty-nine yeas, and then it ended.
28. And Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and he had a son.
29. And he called his name Noah and said, "This one will relieve our hearts from our toil and the work of our hands and from the soil that the Lord cursed."
30. And Lamech's line lived, after Noah was born to him, five hundred and ninety-five years, and he brought forth sons and daughters.
31. And Lamech's entire line was seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and then it ended.
32. And Noah's line was five hundred years, and to him were born Shem, Kham and Japheth.
*Genesis 5: This chapter follows in detail the line of Seth.
*5:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "It died out."
*5:21 Lit. Aramaic name: "Ma-tu-sh'lakh."
Genesis 6*1. And while human beings began to multiply on the face of the earth, daughters were born to them.
2. The sons of God saw that the daughters of men,* were beautiful, and so they picked for themselves women, whomever they pleased.
3. And the Lord said, "My spirit does not reside in the human being forever,* because he is flesh." And his life span* became one hundred and twenty years.
4. And they were giants* in the earth, in those ages and even later, because the sons of God entered upon the daughters of men, and there was born to them aliens,* who were giants* of universal* fame.
5. And the Lord saw that men's evil spread on the earth, and every dissipation of their heart's excuses became worse with every age.
6. And the Lord sighed over His creation of Adam on the earth and there were reservations in His heart.
7. And the Lord said, "I will wipe out the men* I have created from the face of the earth, from the human beings to the four-legged animals, from the crawlers to the birds of the sky, because I regretted* having created them."
8. And Noah found mercy in the eyes of the Lord.
9. And this is the birth of Noah: Noah was a righteous man and his seed* was wholesome, and Noah worshipped God.
10. And to Noah were born three sons, Shem, Kham and Japhet.
11. And the earth went mad before God, and the earth became full of abomination.
12. And God saw the earth's madness as all flesh had lost its direction toward Him on earth.
13. And the Lord said, "All flesh has gone mad before me, because the earth has been filled by abomination before them; behold, I will abandon them to their madness together with the earth.
14. "Make yourself an ark of wood from the root, with curved chambers providing strength,* and seal it from the outside and the inside with tar.
15. "And thus make the length of the ark three hundred arm-lengths,* and its width fifty arm-lengths and its height thirty arm-lengths.
16. And make ports for the ark and put a roof over it from above, and make the entrance to the ark in the middle, for the lower deck, the second deck and the third deck.
17. "And I, behold, shall bring a deluge of water over the face of the earth, to undo every form of living flesh under the sky and so that everyone on earth is drowned.
18. "And I shall make my stand with you,* and you shall enter into the ark, you and your children and your wife, and the women of your sons with you.
19. "And from all the living, from all flesh, bring inside the ark two of each,* to live with you, they should be male and female.
20. "And from the birds, according to their kind, from the four-legged animals, according to their kind, and from all the crawlers, according to their kind, bring in two of each to enter and live with you.
21. "And you take the produce from each as food to eat and have them as pets for company, and [take provisions] so there will be for you and for them food to eat."
22. "And Noah did everything that God commanded, exactly as He commanded.
*Genesis 6: "Oo'ray-ta," the Hebrew version of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
*6:2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Daughters of the human being."
*6:3.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."
*6:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Age," or "eon."
*6:4.1-3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Strange creatures," hybrid forms, monstrously large, Neanderthals.
*6:4.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Eternal."
*6:7.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human beings."
*6:7.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Sighed over."
*6:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Grains."
*6:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "Arc," or "ark."
*6:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rights," or "cubits."
*6:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Stand my standing with you."
*6:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Two two."
Genesis 71. And God said to Noah, "Enter into the ark, you and all your household, because I have noticed that you are the only righteous person before me in this century.
2. "And from every pure animal, take in seven pairs,* male and female, and from the impure animals, take in two pairs of each.*
3. "And also from every pure bird, take in seven pairs, male and female, to bring forth offspring over the surface* of the earth.
4. "Because at the conclusion of the seventh eon, I will bring down the rains over the earth forty days and forty nights, and I shall wipe out everything I have created that is standing from the face of the earth."
5. And Noah did everything the Lord commanded him.
6. And Noah came along after six hundred years* and the flood brought the Waters* to the earth.
7. And Noah and his sons entered into the ark, together with his wife and his son's women before the flood Waters came.
8. And together with them there entered from the pure and the impure animals and from the birds and every four-legged creatures on earth.
9. Two by two they entered with Noah into the ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
10. And at the end of the seventh eon, the flood waters were on the earth.
11. After the six hundred years of Noah's age, in the seventeenth day of the second month, in that ensuing eon the springs of the abyss gushed forth with great force and the streams of heaven were broken loose.
12. And there was rain on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13. In that age* Noah, Shem, Kham, Japeth, the sons of Noah, and the wife of Noah and the three women of his sons, entered with Noah into the ark.
14. They and all the creatures, according to their kind, all the animals, according to their kind and every four-legged animals that crawled the earth, according to their kind, and every bird, according to its kind, and every sparrow and tiny bird,*
15. They entered with Noah into the ark, two by two, of every flesh that possessed the breath of life.
16. And those that entered were male and female, of every flesh that entered, as God had commanded, and the Lord secured them inside.*
17. And there was a flood for forty Days* on the earth, and the waters swelled and lifted the ark and it floated above the earth.
18. And the waters permeated the earth completely and rose above it, setting off the ark over the surface of the waters.
19. And the waters penetrated more and more into the earth and they covered all the mountains and the high places under the entire sky.
20. Fifteen arm-lengths higher than the highest mountains rose the waters that covered them.
21. And all flesh that crawled on the earth disappeared, birds, animals, creatures, and every creature that roamed the earth and all humanity.
22. Whoever had the living breath of life in their nostrils, from all the dry lands, died.
23. And everything that stood over the surface of the earth disappeared, from the human being to the animal, the crawlers, the birds of the sky, they all disappeared from the earth, and only Noah and those with him in the ark remained.
24. And the waters covered the earth completely for one hundred and fifty Days.
*7:2.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Seven seven."
*7:2.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Two two, male and female."
*7:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Faces."
*7:6.1 Lit. Ar. expression: "Was born."
*7:6.2 The waters from above the sky. As the source for rain, the water on the earth alone would not be sufficient to cause a world flood where the highest mountains were covered.
*7:13 Lit. Ar. id.: "eon."
*7:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "Wing."
*7:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Closed the Lord by their faces."
*7:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Cycles."
Genesis 81. And God recalled Noah and all the creatures, all the animals and all the birds that were with him in the ark, and God poured out His Spirit over the earth and the Waters were calmed.
2. And the springs of the abyss were shut, also the streams of heaven, and the rains ceased from the sky.
3. And the Waters left the earth, they went away and returned, and the waters receded after a hundred and fifty Days.
4. And the ark settled down in the seventh month, by the seventeenth of the month, on the Mountains of the Apes.*
5. And the waters went down and receded until the tenth month, by the first day of the tenth month, the heads of the mountains could be seen.
6. And then after forty Days, Noah opened the ports of the ark that he had made.
7. And he sent out a vulture that took off without returning,* until the waters dried from the face of the earth.
8. And he sent one of his pigeons to see if the waters had diminished from the face of the earth.
9. And the pigeon could not find a place to rest its feet, and it returned to him, because there was water on the surface of all the earth, and he extended his hand and received it and it entered the ark to be with him.
10. And he remained seven more Days and then went back and sent the pigeon from the ark.
11. And the pigeon came to him in the evening and there was an olive leaf held in its beak, and then Noah knew that the waters had diminished from the surface of the earth.
12. And again he waited seven more Days and then sent the pigeon, and then he did not request that the pigeon should return to him.
13. And it was in the six-hundredth and first year, on the first of the first month, that the waters dried off the earth, and Noah crossed the threshold of the cover to the ark, and he looked out and saw that the surface of the earth was dry.
14. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh of the month, the earth was dry.
15. And God spoke to Noah and commanded him,
16. "Go out of the ark, you and your wife and sons, together with your sons' women.
17. "And all the creatures with you, from all flesh, and the birds and the animals and every four-legged animal that walks the earth, let them go out with you, that they may give birth on the land, and that they proliferate and increase upon the earth."
18. And there went out Noah and his sons and his wife, and the women of his sons with them.
19. And all the creatures and all the animals, all the birds and all that crawled on earth, according to their kind, exited from the ark.
20. And Noah built an altar to the Lord and he consecrated the produce of every pure creature and of every pure bird, and he raised them to the altar as the holocaust.
21. And the Lord smelled the scent of fulfillment and contentment, and He said in His heart, "I will not allow again for the earth to be cursed because of humanity, for the aim of the human heart is evil from its young days,* and I will not allow all that lives to be struck down again as I did.
22. "And from now on, all the ages of the earth will have their seasons for sowing and harvest, rain and drought, summer and winter, day and night, without ceasing."
*8:4 Lit. Aramaic name: "Kar-du," or "Ararat."
*8:7 Lit. Ar. expression: "Exited the exit, no turning back."
*8:21 Lit. Ar. id.: "Childhood."
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