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Noah Character Study - Inductive Bible Study Notes


Character’s Name: Noah


Meaning of Name:

Gen 5:29-30

29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed."


OT:5146 Noach (no'-akh); the same as OT:5118; rest; Noach, the patriarch of the flood:

KJV - Noah.


OT:5118 nuwach (noo'-akh); or nowach (no'-akh); from OT:5117; quiet:

KJV - rest (-ed, -ing place).


His Ancestry and Family Life:

1 Chron 1:1-4

Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4 Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth.


His Descendents:

Gen 11:10-25

Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob


Circumstances of Birth:

Noah’s father Lamech was 182 years old when Noah was born. Lamech named him “Noah” which means “rest” thinking that Noah would give them rest from the toil of their hands.


When and Where He Lived:

He was born about 3112 BC putting the flood at about 2512 BC. He lived for 950 years. The Bible does not reveal where he lived before the flood.

Gen 6:11 The whole earth was corrupt and filled with violence.

Gen 8:12 The mountains of Ararat are where the ark rested.


Training He received and His Occupation:

Ship builder

Preacher 2 Pet 2:5

Zoo Keeper


Place in History:

He preached the coming judgment. Gen 6:3

He saved the entire human race!


Special traits:

Gen 6:8-9

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

Gen 7:1

Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.

He alone on all the earth was found to be righteous and walked with God.



Noah got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent allowing Ham to see his nakedness.



Faith Heb 11:7

Perseverance Gen 6:3

Obedience Gen 6:22 Gen 7:5

Patience Gen 8:13-18

Righteous Gen 6:9 Gen 7:1 Ezek 14:14


Important Acts and Events:


World’s Corruption and Noah’s Righteousness

Gen 6:5-13 In a corrupt world, Noah alone was righteous and found favor with God.

Gen 6:14-21 God’s explanation and instructions to Noah.

Gen 6:22 Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.


All Aboard!

Gen 7:1-10 Noah, his family and the animals embark on the ark.

Gen 7:11-12 The rains begin.

Gen 7:13-16 Summary of the entering of the ark and the rains beginning.

Rev 3:7

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

 He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 


Riding out the Flood

Gen 7:17-24 The rains come, the flood rises and the waters prevail for 150 days.

Gen 8:1-5 Waters decrease steadily


Is it Safe Yet?

Gen 8:6-12 Noah opens the window and sends out the raven once and the dove three times.

Gen 8:13-14 Noah removes the covering and observes that the land’s surface is dry.



Gen 8:15-19 Only when God gives the “all clear” does Noah consider it safe and all disembark


Noah’s Offering

Gen 8:20-22 Noah builds an altar and presents a burnt offering that pleases the Lord.


Blessing and Commission

Gen 9:1-7 The blessing and commission to Noah and his sons. God also reiterates man’s rule over the earth.


The Covenant

Gen 9:8-17 God makes a covenant that He will never again destroy the world with a flood.


Sin in the Camp

Gen 9:20-24 Noah gets drunk and Ham looks on his nakedness. When Ham informs his brothers, they respectfully cover their father.

Gen 9:25 Noah curses Canaan

Gen 9:26,27 Noah blesses Shem and Japheth


How He Died:

Gen 9:28,29 Noah lived 350 years after the flood and died at the age of 950.


Lessons from His Life:

1 Peter 5:8

8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

·       It is imperative for our family (both physical and spiritual) to work together in harmony if we are to be successful.

·       Though the rapture has never happened and it seems like things will just keep going on as they have for centuries, I should believe God and schedule my time and activities in eager anticipation of Jesus’ returning for me.

·       Obeying and submitting to one’s parents may save your life.

·       God supplies the means for us to obey His commands.

·       Just because something has never happened before, doesn’t mean it never will.


Chronology of the Flood

(from the Bible Knowledge Commentary)


Waiting in the ark 7 days (7:7,10)


1.       Noah entered the ark

2.       7 days later: rain began falling


Month 2, day10

Month 2, day 17*





Water continued for 150 days (7:24)

3.       40 days later: Heavy rains stopped

4.       110 days later: Prevailing waters receded and the ark rested on an Ararat mountain

Month 3, day 27

Month 7, day 17*


7:24; 8:4



Water receded in 150 days (8:3)

5.       74 days later: Tops of mountains visible

6.       40 days later: Raven sent out, and a dove sent out and returned

7.       7 days later: Dove sent out again and returned with a leaf

8.       7 days later: Dove sent out a third time and did not return

9.       22 days later: Water receded

Month 10, day1*

Month 11, day 11*


Month 11, day 18*


Month 11, day 25


Month 12, day 17










Earth dried in 70 days

10.    Noah saw dry land

11.    Land completely dry and Noah exited the ark

Month 1, day1*

Month 2, day 27*




377 days






Dates specified in the Scriptures; other dates are implied

1 year and 17 days in the ark


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