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    • 978-1-03-910078-7
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    • Black & White interior
    • 224 pages
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    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
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  • Keywords
    • Noah’s Ark,
    • Noah and the Flood,
    • Cain and Abel,
    • Old Testament study,
    • Hebrew words in the Bible,
    • the great flood,
    • the book of Genesis

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The Drunkenness of Noah
by H. Hirsch Cohen

In the Broadway musical, "The King and I," the King is confronted by a problem that is described as a "puzzlement." In the biblical story of Noah and the flood, the reader also is confronted by a "puzzlement." Here is Noah, the most worthy human being saved from the devastating flood, and he is found drunk and naked in his tent. The narrator says nothing of motivation, so what prompts Noah to get so drunk as to appear ready for sexual intercourse? Has God completely misjudged Noah's character? A provocative exegesis whose insights derive from psychoanalysis, philology, and geology, THE DRUNKENNESS OF NOAH is additionally innovative in that it leads to a repudiation of the documentary theory, once a prime test of most biblical scholars. Cohen's insightful interpretation discovers the simple meaning of the text.

"The author makes a valuable contribution not only to Biblical studies but also to our understanding of the ancient Near East." —Rabbi Leon J. Weinberger “No half-baked psychological theorising nor science ction but a scholarly account, closely reasoned and very ingenious, of what may be the original meaning of the story of Noah.” —Louis Jacobs (Jewish Chronicle, London)

Rabbi H. Hirsch Cohen is the author of "ALL ABOUT EDEN" (Friesen Press 2021). He attended Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati) and, upon ordination, served as the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Philadelphia. Subsequently Rabbi Cohen served as the Jewish chaplain at the University of Illinois and the University of Connecticut, where he lectured primarily on Genesis and gender relationship in Scripture.


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