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9). The rain con­ tinued for forty days and nights (iii. 10). The sons of Cain were drowned in keeping with Noah's prediction (iii. 9). ) Water rose to 45 cubits, since the Holy Ghost cubit is equal to 1 2 3 4 6 6 1 ) See also the Arabic ms. cited by J . G. Frazer, op. , I, 146. ) Ephraem has God assemble the animals; see L. Ginzberg, Die Haggada bei den Kirchenvdtern (Berlin: S. , 1900), pp. 8 0 - 8 1 ; for the text of Ephraem, see R. M. Tonneau, S. Eph. Syr. in Gen. et Ex. Comm. (CSCO. 72. 47).

6 : 1 4 . ) From the time of Julius Africanus, the church fathers tend to identify the sons of God with the descendants of Seth. Africanus explains that righteous men and patriarchs have descended from Seth. The descendants of Cain are named the seed of men, for they have nothing divine in them (Chron. 2 [PG. 1 0 . 65]). , Recog. i, 29 (PG. 1 . " Ephraem Syrus uses the phrases: "Sons of God, saints that sudden­ ly waxed wanton," and "Noah revolted against the daughters of Cain," Hymns on the Nativity 1 ; Nisibene Hymns 1.

Exact dates have been supplied for each event of the flood in the effort to validate a religious calendar for which the writer is doing propaganda. An effort is made to demonstrate that Noah acts in keeping with the ritual prescriptions of the Law and that he is the transmitter of esoteric knowledge (Jub. 1 0 : 1 4 ; 1 2 : 2 7 ; 21:10). Ele­ ments of the story that do not fit his purpose, such as the sending out of the dove, have been omitted. Theological interpretations have been added: angels assemble the animals for the ark; Noah's post-flood sacrifice is an atonement; his drunkenness is in connection with a sacrifice; and God is to dwell in the tents of Shem.

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