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on June 6, 2014

Many flood legends may have a common tie to the true history of the Flood, which is accurately recorded in Genesis.

Flood Legends from Around the World

Adults and children alike will be captivated by Noah’s Flood—Legends & Lore of Survival. This beautiful book, full of gorgeous artwork, recounts Flood legends from around the world in an interactive presentation, including fold-out doors, sliding panels, and built-in booklets.

After the dispersion at the Tower of Babel, each family carried the Flood account to their new homes, and over time the historical account apparently morphed into various legends. Though the stories come from many different people groups and are no longer accurate in terms of describing the actual Flood event, readers will learn that they have a common tie to the true history of the Flood, which is accurately recorded in Genesis. Adults find the detailed information fascinating, and kids can’t resist investigating the interactive panels and slides.

Each family carried the Flood account to their new homes, and over time the historical account apparently morphed into various legends.
While the similarities to the Genesis account shine through the various flood legends, the differences teach important lessons as well. Much of the folklore mixes elements of truth with fancy. For instance, in the Indian legend of Manu, Manu was a wise man who lived a very long time. A fish asked him for protection, so he took great care of it as it grew, eventually releasing it into the sea. In return for Manu’s kindness, the fish warned him of a coming flood and instructed him to build a boat with a strong rope attached. He also told Manu to bring seven sages on board.

When Manu was on the floodwaters in his ship, the fish appeared with a strong horn on its head, and it towed the vessel for years throughout the flood, pulling the rope with its horn. In contrast to such implausible stories, the Genesis Flood stands out for its feasibility and believable detail. For example, the Ark’s dimensions allowed plenty of room for its passengers and cargo. Every detail would make sense in a historical event.

Flood legends abound on every inhabited continent. The number of legends has been reported as high as five hundred. Their similarities to Genesis indicate a common source. For example, legends from Assyrio-Babylonia,Asia Minor, China, India, Persia, and the Cherokee people of the United States tell of birds being sent out, often even specifying a dove and/or a raven. Several of them tell of a favored family, and in the vast majority, the flood was global. These and other similarities point to a very real, historical event.

Every turn of the page reveals more colorful art and something to pull, open, or rotate, engaging readers of all ages and interests. The Flood of Noah— Legends & Lore of Survival will stick with readers long after the last page is turned.

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