A new phase of human history was to begin, and Noah was to be its progenitor. The world into which he was born would soon be made to vanish, and he would become the founding patriarch of a new civilization. Under his leadership, mankind would be given a second chance. Once again man would have the opportunity to serve as the Creator’s lieutenant on earth and to create a truly moral society.
6:9. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted; Noah walked with Elohim. 6:10. And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Previously we were told simply that Noah found grace in the eyes of YHVH. No further explanation was offered for Noah’s election. Now the biblical author, in his own cryptic fashion, sets forth the reason for the divine choice. Noah was righteous and wholehearted.
Noah’s outstanding quality, that which distinguished him from the rest of his society, was his righteousness. What constitutes righteousness, and how is it manifested? The biblical author does not provide us with definitions of abstract concepts such as good and evil, righteousness and wickedness. What he does do is offer descriptions or characterizations of behavior from which the concepts and their contents may be inferred. Thus, the wickedness of