I have been writing about how I wrote Perished: The World That Was. Today I write about Noah.
What was Noah like?
If you believe the movie ‘Noah’ he was not very nice. In fact, he was something of a mental case. Further he didn’t think humans were worthy of redemption.
All in all the movie ‘Noah’ is fiction with extremely little ties to the facts.
When writing the book Perished, I strove to make him exactly like he is portrayed in the Bible: a man saved by the Grace of God and commissioned to build an Ark to the saving of mankind.
Both in the church and outside the church you hear statements such as:
1. The Ark was the first ship (heard preached)
2. The Ark was unseaworthy (popular belief)
3. Noah was crazy (popular belief and taught in movie)
4. Noah was a drunk (he did get drunk once, but no indication he was a drunkard)
All of these are false. Nowhere in the Bible is the Ark ever described as the only ship built before the Flood. The truth is that the ‘blue print’ given Noah by God presupposes some knowledge of ship building.
Noah was a farmer, who grew grapes, and was not a shipbuilder. In olden days farmers often did some carpentry, but nothing like building a ship.
Scientists have determined the Ark to be very seaworthy. And the Bible shows a man who loved God and was very godly in character.
These were just some of the issues I had to deal with before I could create an accurate picture of Noah.
Some people claim the entire story is a story taken from the Epic of Gilgamesh. But the Bible account is a first hand eyewitness account of the events. Gilgamesh was written after the Flood, indeed after the Confusion of Tongues!
So my job was to portray Noah as a highly intelligent, godly man. Fortunately I had the Bible as a ready reference. There are a lot of facts about him if you look. Secondly, we know from science and archaeology what the world may have been like.
So once I had all the facts gathered I was able to weave a story about him and his family that not only was believable, but probably very close to the truth.
All of this teaches a very important truth: When using a historical person do your research. You want your character as believable as possible.
By the way, I am in the final stages of rewriting Perished: The World That Was. It should be coming out soon, so watch for it.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured.