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6.   Assigning Dates to All Flood Events

The following is an effort to untangle time clues in the Biblical account of the flood, found in Genesis 7 and 8.  For this study, verses have been snipped apart and reordered, grouped together by the date each event occurred.  Ten such dates have been arrived at, using our modern calendar, extended backwards in time.  (This is commonly referred to as the Proleptic Gregorian Calendar.)

The aim of this exercise is to see more clearly the logical order of flood events.  The result is a clearer picture of the weather, the ark's motion, the earth's drying, etc.

The rationale for applying the Gregorian calendar (our modern calendar) to the flood account is set forth in the study by this author, Seeking an Actual Date for the Flood, found on this website.

Assigning literal modern-day-calendar values to the "dates" in Genesis 7 and 8 is apparently new, and it is speculative.  It is offered solely in the spirit of research, not as doctrine.  This outline of dates is being proposed by the author in hopes of spurring further review and discussion by others... it is not passed along from any established teaching source.

The words from the Bible (as given By God in the original languages) are never in dispute.  Yet caution is urged, when considering this material:

For although these verses are taken straight from the Bible, the author reminds the reader that the verses' re-ordering, and any added words of comment [given in braces], are the work of man.  This is to be considered a research effort, by one who considers himself a Bible student, not a Bible teacher.  Correction is welcomed.

John O'Leary /


2-10-4990 BC Sun (7 days from start)(382 days from end)

Genesis 7:1  And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark...

Gen 7:4
  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
2-17-4990 Sun (0 days from start)(375 days from end)

Gen 7:11  ...all the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Gen 7:12
  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights [i.e., not inclusive].

Gen 7:18
  ...and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
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Gen 8:2  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Gen 8:1  ...God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

Gen 8:3  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: ...
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Gen 7:24  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days...

Gen 8:3
  ...and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

Gen 8:4
  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.  [It seems that the mountaintops, not seen until Gen 8:5, were near enough to the surface for the ark to "rest" upon them.]

Gen 8:5
  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month:
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Gen 8:5  in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains [of Ararat, where the ark lodged in Gen 8:4] seen.
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Gen 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:

Gen 8:7  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until [at which time it returned? or just stopped going to and fro] the waters were dried up from off the earth [a condition met in Gen 8:13 1-1-4989... 52 days later].

Gen 8:8  Also he sent forth a dove from him [1st time], to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground [a condition met in Gen 8:11 11-17-4990... 7 days later];

Gen 8:9  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.

Gen 8:10  And he stayed yet other seven days...
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Gen 8:10  ...and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark [2nd time];

Gen 8:11  And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off [Nehemiah 8:15 translates the two Hebrew words H2132 H5929 as "olive branches", thus the dove may have returned with an olive twig, as leafage may have been unavailable due to long-term immersion] : so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth [mountaintops are some distance above the treeline (the limiting elevation above which, for various reasons, trees do not grow), so their observed emergence in Gen 8:5 naturally preceded the emergence of olive and other trees, which grow at lower elevations where there is "earth" (soil), and other favorable factors] [Note that the implied message of the dove's plant token, if indeed a leafless twig, was not "things are growing again", as most imagine; but simply "the water has lowered enough to make olive trees (and thus cultivatable, inhabitable land) accessible."]

Gen 8:12  And he stayed yet other seven days...
11-24-4990 Sun (280)(95)

Gen 8:12  ...and sent forth the dove [3rd time]; which returned not again unto him any more.
1-1-4989 Wed (318)(57)

Gen 8:13  And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth:  and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry [but still soggy beneath the sur"face"... thus too soft to walk on?  Indeed Gen 8:14 indicates further drying occurred by 2-27-4989, 57 days later].

[Gen 8:7 (11-10-4990, 52 days ago) suggests that the raven returns now... it could have alerted Noah of its return by pecking or calling.  Is the raven's return why Noah opens the ark?  Possibly, as Gen 8:8 shows the dove (a smaller bird) needed Noah's help to re-enter the ark.  Gen 8:6 shows Noah had to open the window to release the raven.]
2-27-4989 Thu (375)(0)

Gen 8:14  And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried [solid ground, not just dry surface, necessary to support land animals, to avoid sinking into mire].

Gen 8:15  And God spake unto Noah, saying,

Gen 8:16  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

Gen 8:17  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

Gen 8:18  And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

Gen 8:19  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

Gen 8:20  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Gen 8:21  And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Gen 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Distances,  in  Days,  Between  Flood  Events

Chapter 7:  Flood Questions

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