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Noah and the Vineyard
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But the interesting thing is that if you look a little bit further in this section, I want to just continue looking with you in Genesis Chapter 9 for verses that suggest this idea of these are the generations. Here's one of them over here in 18, and then look a little bit further. So what happens after verse 18? We're introduced to the sons of Noah that came out of the ark, Shem, Cham and Yefet, and then; Shelosha eileh benei Noach, um'eileh naftzah kol ha'aretz - we might say this is another generations verse, these are the three sons of Noach, and from there all the world came out. After that you have a story. You have a story actually which we're going to look at next video probably, the story of Noah and the vineyard, a fascinating little vignette, a very strange vignette of Noah planting this garden, planting this vineyard, and then getting drunk, and then this terrible tragedy occurs. So we'll get to that in a minute.
But if you further and skip to kind of the end of that story, what do you find? At the very end of that story Noah dies, you'll find that right over here, verse 29, last verse of the chapter. Va'yihiyu kol yemei Noach tisha me'ot shanah v'chamishim shanah vayamot - and these were the years of Noah, he lived for 900 and some odd years and died. That's the last verse in the story, the last verse in the chapter. So let's fast-forward, let's click over here and fast-forward to the first verse in Chapter 10, which is the going to be the next chapter. Look what you find. Chapter 10, verse 1; V'eileh toldot benei Noach - here we go again, these are the generations of the children of Noach. Shem, Cham V'Yafet. Vayivoldu lahem banim achar ha'mabul - and they had children after the flood. So interestingly enough both at the beginning of this story of the vineyard and at the end of the story you have this little generation section.
What happens next? Well we get a few of the generations here, and then we get something else interesting. Verse 5 kind of continues that theme; M'eileh nifredu iiyai hagoyim - from these children the - here's a strange phrase, the islands of nations diverged. M'eileh nifredu iiyai hagoyim - from these children the islands of nations. Because eventually these children created nations, this is at the very beginning of mankind. But the word islands is kind of strange. Then you get a whole bunch of genealogy, all the children and the beginnings of the nations that came from them. That genealogy section goes and goes and goes all the way - I'm just scrolling down to the very end of the chapter over here, Chapter 10, and look at the very end of Chapter 10, after the ends of these - the various descendants of Shem, Cham and Yefet, these three sons of Noah, when we're done with that, here we go. Eileh mishpechot benei Noach letoldotom begoyeihem - these are the families of Noah according to their generations. You have another generation section over here, and summarizing that idea again. Um'eileh nifredu hagoyim ba'aretz achar ha'mabul - from there spread out all the nations after the flood.
Then what do you have immediately after this? This is the end of Chapter 10, so the very first verse in Chapter 11 is going to be the beginning of a new story. The whole earth was one language, and this story over here is going to actually be the story of the Tower of Babel. Then the Tower of Babel goes for a bunch of verses over here, it finishes off in verse 9; Al kein karah shemah Bavel - this is where the nations all got mixed up from. So the Tower of Babel ends over here and then lo and behold verse 10 right after the Tower of Babel; Eileh toldot Shem - these are the generations of Shem. Then we get a long list of generations of Shem.
So if we total that up, that what we get actually is then re-creation in this story over here, the story of the world after the flood, not only do we have one sort of Toldot section, one verse that describes the Toldot like we have over here, the verse that describes the Toldot ha'shamayim va'aretz - the verse that describes the generations of heaven and earth. But we actually have four such verses over here, and the placement of those verses is really very fascinating.
Just to summarize the placement, I'll just go over to PowerPoint for a second, I can show it to you there just a little bit more easily. Okay so just to summarize over here, if we're looking at the generations sections in re-creation, if we're looking at those sentences that talk about the generations, here's a quick look at where they appear. They actually bracket two stories. Story number 1, the story of Noah's vineyard and story number 2, the story of the Tower of Babel.
Just to show you how that's so, if you just diagram what happens after the Sabbath in our story of creation, so after the first six days and after the Sabbath you've got the story of Noah and the vineyard, that little strange vignette I was telling you about which we still have to really read in detail. But that's the story that we got. After that you've got a whole bunch of verses that talk about the development of all these nations from Shem, Cham and Yefet, the three sons of Noah. After that you've got another story, you have the tower story. So you've got these two stories here.
Now what's interesting about those two stories, is that they get bracketed by these generations little sections, little pieces of text. The first verse after the story of the tower over there in Chapter 11; These are the generations of Shem. The first verse right before the story of the tower, again; These are the families of the sons of Noah according to their generation. So there's a generation section right before the story of the tower and there's a generations verse right after the story of the tower. Similarly with the vineyard, right after the story of the vineyard; These are the generations of the sons of Noah, from these diverged all the islands of the nations. Then that verse that we started looking at; These three were the sons of Noah, from there spread forth the whole earth, that was right before the vineyard story.
So what's interesting is if you go back to the story of creation in Genesis Chapter 2 we might say when it says; These are the generations of the heavens and earth, it establishes a setting for the story that comes next. Then you don't have one parallel to those generations, but four parallels to those generations in the stories that emerge after the flood. So [what I want to say 7:18] it's like that generations verse is almost like splitting into four sections and bracketing two stories.
The intriguing possibility, tantalizing possibility, I'd like to consider is, if in the story of creation the function of the verse; These are the generations of heavens and earth, is to provide a setting for the story that happens next, maybe what's happening is suggesting that that same verse which is a setting for a story in the world of creation is the setting for two different stories in the story of re-creation? The story of the vineyard and the story of the tower. Almost as if, like whatever story that happened in the world of creation is like splitting in to two different stories and that these generations section is serving as bookends for those stories. We're kind of giving the setting for both of those stories, the story of the vineyard and the tower.
So what we're going to explore next in this course are the stories of the vineyard and the tower, and we're going to look at it in relation to the story that happens next, back in creation, which is namely the story of the creation of the first man and woman, and the Garden of Eden story. What we're going to look at is are there any parallels between this Garden of Eden story and the vineyard story and the tower story? So the first thing we're going to do when we come back is start by looking right over here - let's get everything else out of our head - come back to the tower, but just start with the vineyard story, and say, okay, is there anything about the vineyard story that might remind us of what comes next back in creation? Do we hear any echoes of creation over here? Or in particular, do we hear any echoes of the Garden of Eden and the creation of man, the stories that come next back in Chapter 2, the world of creation? So we'll explore that when we come back next time, I'll see you then.
1. The Generations of Heaven and Earth
2. Before the Rain and After the Flood
3. Splitting the Garden
4. Generations of What?
5. Of Rivers and Nations
6. The Vineyard, Introduced
7. God Begins; Noah Begins
8. The Vineyard and the Garden
9. Conflict of Interest
10. Two Hands at the Piano
11. What Cham Did
12. Why Cham Did It
13. The Vineyard's Center
14. What You Know Might Hurt You
15. Why the Drunk Walks the Line
16. The Big Picture
17. Chiasm in the Garden?
18. Chiasm in the Garden II
19. The Center of the Garden
20. The Mysteries of Imperfect Chiasms
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