Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Noah and the Raven: Doves Get All the Credit


Mick Reasor, Gouache on Paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Genesis Chapter 8

6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

Some believe the raven was sent out to feed off the carrion left behind by the flood. Finding none it returned only to be refused entry by Noah and was forced to go forth to and fro. Other cholars have theorized that the raven, rather than being sent on a mission, was evicted because he had broken the rule against procreation while on the ark. Is it any wonder he refuses to appear in a painting with Noah?


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