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23 January 2016

sticking to a watery theme, at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-deluge/ … Tim Cullen get to look at Noah and all that – and the fountains of the deep. What were they?

Where did the water come from – this is what he seeks to address. In modern parlance a deluge is a lot of rain, so much water falling out of the sky it can't drain away fast enough and floods fields and overloads rivers and streams. However, in Genesis 7:11 and 8:1-2 the flood waters invlove the opening of the springs of the deep and the windows of heaven. Cullen draws attention to tsunami waves but these rush in and fall back. He then looks at volcanoes, one if S America that ejected huge volumes of water – right out of the ground. It discharged torrents of water – so is this the fountains of the deep?

The Noachian flood involved the breaking out of subterranean waters. It seems that earthquakes in alluvial flood plains can generate a rising of water from below – the waters of the water table so to speak, below the crust of dry ground at the surface. Everywhere has a water table but in floodplains it is quite near the surface. The flood myth is thought to have originated in the floodplain of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers – and the water table may have played a major role if earthquakes had racked the region. Cullen describes some modern examples.



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