Noah's Ark with Merfolk, 1493

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Color enhancement of a woodcut of Noah's Ark with merfolk from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. Noah was the tenth and last of the antediluvian (pre-flood) Patriarchs. The story of Noah and the Ark is told in the Genesis flood narrative, and also told in Sura 71 of the Quran. The Biblical account is followed by the story of the Curse of Ham. In his 500th year Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. In his 600th year God, saddened at the wickedness of mankind, sent a great deluge to destroy all life, but God instructed him to build an ark and save a remnant of life. After the Flood, Noah offered a sacrifice to God, who promises never again to destroy all life on Earth by flood (the Noahic covenant). The Nuremberg Chronicle is an illustrated biblical paraphrase and world history that follows the story of human history related in the Bible. Color