|7:1||And the Lord said to Noah, Take all your family and go into the ark, for you only in this generation have I seen to be upright.|
|7:2||Of every clean beast you will take seven males and seven females, and of the beasts which are not clean, two, the male and his female;|
|7:3||And of the birds of the air, seven males and seven females, so that their seed may still be living on the face of the earth.|
|7:4||For after seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, for the destruction of every living thing which I have made on the face of the earth.|
|7:5||And Noah did everything which the Lord said he was to do.|
|7:6||And Noah was six hundred years old when the waters came flowing over all the earth.|
|7:7||And Noah, with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the flowing of the waters.|
|7:8||Of clean beasts, and of beasts which are not clean, and of birds, and of everything which goes on the earth,|
|7:9||In twos, male and female, they went into the ark with Noah, as God had said.|
|7:10||And after the seven days, the waters came over all the earth.|
|7:11||In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, all the fountains of the great deep came bursting through, and the windows of heaven were open;|
|7:12||And rain came down on the earth for forty days and forty nights.|
|7:13||On the same day Noah, with Shem, Ham, and Japheth, his sons, and his wife and his sons’ wives, went into the ark;|
|7:14||And with them, every sort of beast and cattle, and every sort of thing which goes on the earth, and every sort of bird.|
|7:15||They went with Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh in which is the breath of life.|
|7:16||Male and female of all flesh went in, as God had said, and the ark was shut by the Lord.|
|7:17||And for forty days the waters were over all the earth; and the waters were increased so that the ark was lifted up high over the earth.|
|7:18||And the waters overcame everything and were increased greatly on the earth, and the ark was resting on the face of the waters.|
|7:19||And the waters overcame everything on the earth; and all the mountains under heaven were covered.|
|7:20||The waters went fifteen cubits higher, till all the mountains were covered.|
|7:21||And destruction came on every living thing moving on the earth, birds and cattle and beasts and everything which went on the earth, and every man.|
|7:22||Everything on the dry land, in which was the breath of life, came to its end.|
|7:23||Every living thing on the face of all the earth, man and cattle and things moving on the face of the earth, and birds of the air, came to destruction: only Noah and those who were with him in the ark, were kept from death.|
|7:24||And the waters were over the earth a hundred and fifty days.|
The water motif in Genesis
Students will be able to compare and contrct the water motif between different sources in the Genesis book.
Students willn be able to analyze the watr motif in the genesis story, in different chapters.
פתיחה (5 דק')
Today we are going to study the water motif as appears in the different chapters of the Genesis book in the bible.
We will review two sources from Genesis that has the water motif: in group work of 4-5 students, we will try explaining what is the meaning of ‘water’ in the different stories, compare them (similarity and differences), and finally you will get to choose another source from Genesis that has the water motif and to compare on your own as homework assignment.
גוף (45 דקות)
General brain storming: two questions:
- What does water represent to you?
- Can you think of any stories in the bible that has a water motif in it?
The teacher writes students’ associations on the board (or uses padlet).
We’ll start with reading together chapter 1 from genesis.
Providing both aural and written scaffolding to understand the text.
|At the first God made the heaven and the earth.|
|1:2||And the earth was waste and without form; and it was dark on the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters.|
|1:3||And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.|
|1:4||And God, looking on the light, saw that it was good: and God made a division between the light and the dark,|
|1:5||Naming the light, Day, and the dark, Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.|
|1:6||And God said, Let there be a solid arch stretching over the waters, parting the waters from the waters.|
|1:7||And God made the arch for a division between the waters which were under the arch and those which were over it: and it was so.|
|1:8||And God gave the arch the name of Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.|
|1:9||And God said, Let the waters under the heaven come together in one place, and let the dry land be seen: and it was so.|
|1:10||And God gave the dry land the name of Earth; and the waters together in their place were named Seas: and God saw that it was good.|
|1:11||And God said, Let grass come up on the earth, and plants producing seed, and fruit-trees giving fruit, in which is their seed, after their sort: and it was so.|
|1:12||And grass came up on the earth, and every plant producing seed of its sort, and every tree producing fruit, in which is its seed, of its sort: and God saw that it was good.|
|1:13||And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.|
|1:14||And God said, Let there be lights in the arch of heaven, for a division between the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for marking the changes of the year, and for days and for years:|
|1:15||And let them be for lights in the arch of heaven to give light on the earth: and it was so.|
|1:16||And God made the two great lights: the greater light to be the ruler of the day, and the smaller light to be the ruler of the night: and he made the stars.|
|1:17||And God put them in the arch of heaven, to give light on the earth;|
|1:18||To have rule over the day and the night, and for a division between the light and the dark: and God saw that it was good.|
|1:19||And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.|
|1:20||And God said, Let the waters be full of living things, and let birds be in flight over the earth under the arch of heaven.|
|1:21||And God made great sea-beasts, and every sort of living and moving thing with which the waters were full, and every sort of winged bird: and God saw that it was good.|
|1:22||And God gave them his blessing, saying, Be fertile and have increase, making all the waters of the seas full, and let the birds be increased in the earth.|
|1:23||And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.|
|1:24||And God said, Let the earth give birth to all sorts of living things, cattle and all things moving on the earth, and beasts of the earth after their sort: and it was so.|
|1:25||And God made the beast of the earth after its sort, and the cattle after their sort, and everything moving on the face of the earth after its sort: and God saw that it was good.|
|1:26||And God said, Let us make man in our image, like us: and let him have rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every living thing which goes flat on the earth.|
|1:27||And God made man in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female he made them.|
|1:28||And God gave them his blessing and said to them, Be fertile and have increase, and make the earth full and be masters of it; be rulers over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing moving on the earth.|
|1:29||And God said, See, I have given you every plant producing seed, on the face of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit producing seed: they will be for your food:|
|1:30||And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and every living thing moving on the face of the earth I have given every green plant for food: and it was so.|
|1:31||And God saw everything which he had made and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.|
Class is divided into groups of 4-5 students to discuss the following questions:
- How many times does the water motif appears in Genesis chapter 1? circle them in the text.
- Do you think the meaning is the same? what do you think the water means? what does it represent?
- If you think the meaning is different, what is your opinion? state the exact sentence number you refer to in your answer.
- Students speak aloud and share their findings and interpretations. Referencing to the shared thoughts from Padlet.
- The word water appears 10 times in the chapter
- There are two meanings: there are two uses of water imagery in the text. The first specifically relates to the ocean, which is a symbol of death and the second is plain water, which can be a symbol of life.
Moving on the next source: Genesis, chapter 7: the flood
Group work, same groups: Discuss the follwoing:
- What does the water symbolize in this chapter?
- What are the water roles in this chapter? support your reply with a quote.
- How is it similar or different from the previous text?
Sharing students opinions.
Water has a similar meaning it represented destruction, and yet a new meaning of regeneration and renewal.
For homework, please compare the meaning of water as presented in the story of Moses (Exodus 2:1-10) https://youtu.be/MbQp2oeK_pQ . In your reply refer to the meaning of water in the third source and how is it similar or different from the ones we’re covered in class.
|1A man of the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.|
|2The woman conceived and bore a son, and [when] she saw him that he was good, she hid him for three months.|
|3[When] she could no longer hide him, she took [for] him a reed basket, smeared it with clay and pitch, placed the child into it, and put [it] into the marsh at the Nile’s edge.|
|4His sister stood from afar, to know what would be done to him.|
|5Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe, to the Nile, and her maidens were walking along the Nile, and she saw the basket in the midst of the marsh, and she sent her maidservant, and she took it.|
|6She opened [it], and she saw him the child, and behold, he was a weeping lad, and she had compassion on him, and she said, “This is [one] of the children of the Hebrews.”|
|7His sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call for you a wet nurse from the Hebrew women, so that she shall nurse the child for you?”|
|8Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go!” So the girl went and called the child’s mother.|
|9Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will give [you] your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.|
|10The child grew up, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became like her son. She named him Moses, and she said, “For I drew him from the water.”|
|11Now it came to pass in those days that Moses grew up and went out to his brothers and looked at their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew man of his brothers.|
|12He turned this way and that way, and he saw that there was no man; so he struck the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.|
|13He went out on the second day, and behold, two Hebrew men were quarreling, and he said to the wicked one, “Why are you going to strike your friend?”|
|14And he retorted, “Who made you a man, a prince, and a judge over us? Do you plan to slay me as you have slain the Egyptian?” Moses became frightened and said, “Indeed, the matter has become known!”|
|15Pharaoh heard of this incident, and he sought to slay Moses; so Moses fled from before Pharaoh. He stayed in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.|
|16Now the chief of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew [water], and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flocks.|
|17But the shepherds came and drove them away; so Moses arose and rescued them and watered their flocks.|
|18They came to their father Reuel, and he said, “Why have you come so quickly today?”|
|19They replied, “An Egyptian man rescued us from the hand[s] of the shepherds, and he also drew [water] for us and watered the flocks.”|
|20He said to his daughters, “So where is he? Why have you left the man? Invite him, and let him eat bread.”|
|21Moses consented to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses.|
|22She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, “I was a stranger in a foreign land.”|
|23Now it came to pass in those many days that the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed from the labor, and they cried out, and their cry ascended to God from the labor.|
|24God heard their cry, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.|
|25And God saw the children of Israel, and God knew.|
סיכום (5 דק')
Lesson summary and conclusion:
We have learned today the symbol of ‘water’ in two different texts from the Genesis book.
In Genesis 1 we noticed that ‘water’ symbolizes death (“and the Spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters”, 1:1), and life (“Let the waters be full of living things”, 1:20). In the second source, about the flood, we learned that water has a similar meaning it represented destruction, and yet a new meaning of regeneration and renewal.