Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Queerying Narrative 101

ID: image shows an illuminated manuscript of Noah and the ark. It appears that God is ushering the animals in while Jesus watches over the scene. In a cut out to the right, text reads "Narrative Lectionary/Year 1-September 11, 2022/Flood and Promise/Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17" with the Diakonia.Faith logo at the bottom
Pace Warfield-May queeries the Narrative Lectionary reading.

Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17
6:5The Becoming One saw that evil had infected humankind's hearts, ever increasing as it forced wickedness against other humans and the earth. 6And the Becoming One became remorseful that Xe had created humanity on the earth, and Xe grieved this in Xyrs heart. 7So the Becoming One said, "I will blot out from the earth the humans I have created–people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air–for I am bitterly hurt that I made them." 8But Noah found favor in the sight of the Becoming One.

9These are the offspring of Noah. Noah was righteous, blameless among his generation of wicked humans; Noah walked with God. 10And Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11Now the earth was polluted in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God saw that the earth was corrupt, for all humankind had polluted its ways upon the earth. 13And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end to all living things, for the earth is filled with violence and pollution because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16Make a roof for the ark and finish it to a cubit above, and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17For my part, I am going to bring a great flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under the sky all living things in which is my breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. 19And of every living thing, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be a reproducing pair. 20Of the bird according to their kinds and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in with you, to keep them alive. 21Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up, and it shall serve as food for you and for them." 22Noah did all this; he did all that God commanded him.


8:6At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7and sent out a raven, and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8Then Noah sent out the dove to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground, 9but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to Noah to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. 10Noah waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark, 11and the dove came back to him in the evening and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12Then he waited another seven days and sent out the dove, and it did not return to him anymore.


9:8Then God said to Noah and to his family with him, 9"As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10not just with the humans, but with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall I destroy all living things by waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the entire earth." 12God continued, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature, for all generations: 13I have set my weapon, a bow, down upon the clouds over the earth and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and all the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and all living creatures, and the waters shall never become a great flood that destroys all life. 16When my weapon, the bow, is laid to rest in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all kinds that is on the earth." 17God finished speaking to Noah, saying, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all living things upon the earth."

Queeries for the text:
What's missing?
What is the accompanying reading?
Where is this headed?
Why didn't Noah argue back against God?
What ways do floods harm the environment and humans?
How are humans wicked against the earth today?
What else does a rainbow symbolize?

What are your queeries?
ID: image shows an illuminated manuscript of Noah and the ark. It appears that God is ushering the animals in while Jesus watches over the scene.
Noah’s Ark
Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César, Kingdom of Jerusalem (Acre) before 1291
British Library, Additional 15268, fol. 7v

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