Three main strings of Genesis Flood narrrative


Most interesting that an article about Noah that I read recently would refer to “the three main strings of the [Flood] narrative” in light of P.J. Wiseman’s thesis that the Book of Genesis is a compilation of ancient family histories (toledôt), and that a part of the Flood account was written (owned, signed off) by Noah’s three sons (Genesis 10:1): “This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood”.

I wrote about this in some detail in my article: “The ‘Toledoths’ [Toledôt], of Genesis” (

This embedded textual evidence for a triple ancient authorship of the Flood narrative plays havoc, I believe, with the cumbersome JEDP theory of multiple later sources.

Damien Mackey.


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