A biblical short story from Adam Roberts.
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I can has jenezis?
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
A quick theological question
Did Noah have to put two of every fish in the ark?
Update: I guess I should have titled this “A quick rhetorical theological question”, but in any case, thank you to everyone who sent me emails attempting to answer this question.
Of fowls according to their kind, and of beasts in their kind, and of every thing that creepeth on the earth according to its kind: two of every sort shall go in with thee, that they may live.
But that is immediately proceeded by verse 19 which clearly states:
And of every living creature of all flesh, thou shalt bring two of a sort into the ark, that they may live with thee: of the male sex, and the female.
Of all clean beasts take seven and seven, the male and the female. But of the beasts that are unclean two and two, the male and the female.
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
There are a lot of ambiguities in the specifications. I can’t help but feel that Noah would have been better off if God had been more like Jason Fried:
Noah, just build it. Get real!
P.S. Please forgive my blasphemy. I have the greatest respect for people’s beliefs and I don’t mean to mock sacred institutions like Judaism, Christianity or 37 Signals.