Noah's Covenant, God's Rainbow

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Noah Thanking God, from Scenes from Genesis by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, engraving, 1612. 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). After this, Noah became a husbandman and he planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and was uncovered within his tent. Noah's son Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his brethren and Noah cursed Ham's son Canaan. Noah died 350 years after the Flood, at the age of 950. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, diminishes rapidly thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses.