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Noah Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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The story actually follows closely the Jewish understanding of Biblical flood, interpreted in Mishna and the apocryphal Book of Enoch which expanded the story of Noah to multiple pages. This Jewish understanding of the flood negates the core tenet of Christianity that Creator will save each and every Christian individually. Instead, the story illustrates a profoundly Jewish morality of justice: getting what men deserve! - Creator is no Savior, there is no blanket absolution of sins, and no salvation for the sinners who repent. (it is important not to have sinned in the first place) There is just judgment and punishment rendered.
There is an aspect to this that could be shocking to modern individualist sensibility: - all men are judged and condemned to extermination on a societal scale: corrupt civilization is understood as inseparable from corrupt individuals, being the cause and the effect at once. This again goes against Christian belief in individual salvation, paradoxically held by EVERY Christian...
The antediluvian world shown in the graphic novel is epic, elemental and archaic, yet also virile and young- with the starry-speckled sky at daytime as if the atmosphere has not yet condensed enough. Notably, this world is the only world: - The Garden of Eden is something that once was and that men destroyed. Like in the Jewish Bible, there is no mention of any afterlife or paradise whatsoever. The fallen angels, called "watchers", are as much a part of this – our - world environment as men. Creator has established the natural order of things, yet he acts through human agency for anything not-natural, like building an ark.
This story offers a powerful message: On one hand, the power over the world and the responsibility for the world cannot be uncoupled, and the responsibility for the world rests as much in the hands of man as it does in the hands of its Creator. Men's mistakes are not easily righted. Through this message of responsibility, the story of Noah ultimately asserts the importance of practicing goodness, daily!
To the open-minded and those who are un-afraid to challenge their notions, this book has much to offer. I enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!