noah 2I truly enjoyed the movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky. In light of some of the controversy or frustration regarding the movie I wanted to quickly share three things that I think Jesus would have probably recognized.

 

    1. Jesus probably would have recognized references to the early Jewish writings.

      Many important ancient second temple Jewish writings that Jesus would have probably been very familiar with were used in the movie Noah such as Jubilees, Genesis Apocryphon, perhaps some of the Siblylline Oracles as well as a handfull of dead sea scroll fragments. Though as an Evangelical I do not consider them Biblical these writtings form an important historical view of the traditional interpretation of Noah for much of early Judaism. The book 1 Enoch is directly quoted or refereed to  in Jude 1:14–15 and 2 Peter 2:4. It is believed to be written sometime in the second century B.C. Jesus would have been familiar with the tradition (highly stylized in the movie) of “The Watchers”.
      Jude 1:6  “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, he has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”

      1 Enoch 12:4: “Go and make known to the Watchers of heaven who have abandoned the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women.”

      1 Enoch 15:3, 7: “For what reason have you abandoned the high, holy, and eternal heaven; and slept with women and defiled yourselves with the daughters of the people….I did not make wives for you for the proper dwelling place of spiritual beings of heaven is heaven.”

      1 Enoch 10:4-6: ” Bind Azazel hand and foot and throw him into the darkness….He covered his face in order that he may not see light; and in order that he may be sent into the fire on the great day of judgment.”

      1 Enoch 10:11-12: “Bind Semjaza and the others who are with him, who fornicated with the women, that they will die together with them in all their defilement…Bind them for seventy generations underneath the rocks of the ground until the day of their judgment and of their consummation, until the eternal judgment is concluded.    

      Jude 1:14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these [men], saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.””

      Enoch 1:9: “And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of ⌈His⌉ holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy ⌈all⌉ the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works ⌈of their ungodliness⌉ which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners ⌈have spoken⌉ against Him.”

      2 Peter 2:4: “For God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell [greek=Tartarus] and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”

      1 Enoch 10:4-6: ” Bind Azazel hand and foot and throw him into the darkness….He covered his face in order that he may not see light; and in order that he may be sent into the fire on the great day of judgment.”

      1 Enoch 10:11-12 : “Bind Semjaza and the others who are with him, who fornicated with the women, that they will die together with them in all their defilement…Bind them for seventy generations underneath the rocks of the ground until the day of their judgment and of their consummation, until the eternal judgment is concluded.”

      1 Enoch 20:1-2: “And these are the names of the holy angels who watch [over the angels]: Uriel, one of the holy angels, for he is over the world and Tartarus.”

    2. Jesus probably would have recognized the darkness of human depravity in Aronofsky’s portrayal.

      All the early writings from early Jewish writers seem to cast Noah as an almost superhuman like Jesus or a second and better Adam figure. I appreciated that the director and writer portrayed just the opposite. Noah seemed righteous but real and not self righteous. Though many most Christians don’t portray Noah as a superhero because of the Genesis account we seem to paint a rather fun comical picture of the flood for our children at least. I think Jesus would have recognized the portrayal of the world being in love with the image of man more that the image of God and horribly overcome by wickedness.noah One of the ancinet Jewish traditions stylized in the movie Noah was the magical glowing serpent skin that was wrapped around Lamech and Noah’s arm as well as Tubal Cain in the movie. In certain  mystic Jewish tradition, this odd thing is made from the skin of Leviathan. It was Adams clothing and it gave him power over the animals. In the movie it seems to be a part of something like the pre-fallen skin from the serpent in the Garden. Though this is thing is odd it is (thanks to the writer and directors reinterpretation) a constant reminder of the fall and its reality throughout the movie as well as hope. I like that. Noah’s character seemed to grasp the gravity of the situation he seemed to really understand how the fall had touched everyone including him.
      noah-poster

       

    3. I think Jesus would have recognized the “Lord of The Rings” like myth and magic of the story and its characters.

      Today we have a tendency to view the words myth and magic as synonymous with lies and fantasy but they were not seen as that during the time of Christ. I think that the movie Noah painted a picture of the power and mystery of God, Godliness and Evil. Today it seems like God has become a mere projection of our own empirical reasoning. And our religious constructs are more like prescriptive blueprints than descriptive and worshipful paintings of truth. We measure space and black holes so that we might feel in control rather than be in awe. The God “creator” of Noah was powerful, transcendent and otherworldly while revealing His loving kindness and mercy through those who put their trust in Him. Though much of the movie was stylized and representative of the authors own views rather than that of scripture I still appreciated the work, imagination and detail that went into the interpretation of the immense story of Noah. Though the film was over the top in some respects it still resonated with some of the grand themes and truth of Scripture.

Comments

comments