083.2: The Flood and Tower of Babel; OT Lesson 6 (Study Notes)

January 31, 2014

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Noah … Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House”

This episode concludes with

  • A discussion of the flood and Tower of Babel narratives in Biblical and historical context (as well as reviewing a few other Ancient Near Eastern Flood stories)
  • Some theological possibilities for understanding the relationship between these events and LDS scripture
  • Insights from science
  • Reflections on the nature of God
  • The benefits of wrestling with scripture in a “challenge and be challenged by” approach.

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Class Member Reading: Moses 8:19–30; Genesis 6–9; 11:1–9; Hebrews 11:7

Additional Reading: Moses 7:32–36

Other Reading: Genesis 10

Anna, Brian, Jake and Sheldon continue the discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2

0:00        Overview

1:33        Genesis 6

4:22        Different sources for different flood stories in Genesis

12:58     Extra-biblical flood narratives

17:59     Noah’s nudity

19:46     Tower of Babel

28:58     Science of Semitic language origins

Lesson Part 3

29:44     Flood in LDS culture

Discussion Part 2

39:54     Flood narratives including metaphor of birth/creation via Noachic Flood

51:15     Tower of Babel

Discussion Part 3

54:34     LDS teachings regarding the flood

1:02:35  Challenging the flood: theologically

1:13:40  Challenging the flood: scientifically

1:23:30  Constructive ways to talk about the flood

1:30:35  Approaching the absurdity found in scripture




Thanks to Jim Henderson for content editing, James Estrada for his audio editing, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.