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 posed of twelve Months. Wbich will evin dently appear, if we confider,
I. In the first place, the Account of the Flood as we find it recorded in the seventh and eighth Chapters of Genesis. We read, Gen, vij. 6. that Noah was fix hundred fears old when the Flood of Waters was upon the Earth ; and ver. 11. that in the fie bundredth Year of Noah's Life, in the fee cond Month, the seventeenth Day of the Month, the fame Day were all the Foun. tains of the great Deep broken up, and the Windows of Heaven were open'd; and in chap. viii. ver. 13. that it came to pass in the fix hundredth and first Ţear, in the fir
Month, the first Day of the Month, the ! Waters were dried up from the Earth, and
ver. 14. that in the fecond Month, on the twenty seventh Day of the Month, was the Earth dried. From the foregoing Account it is manifest Noah was six hundred Years, one Month, and seventeen Days old, when the Flood happen'd, and he went into the Ark ; and fix hundred and one Years, one Month and twenty seven Days old when it ended, and he came out of the Ark ; and consex quently the Flood lasted a Year and ten Days.
Now if we consider the Account given us by Mofes, of the several Periods of the Increase, Duration and Decreafe of the Flood, we shall find it amount to twelve
Months and cen Days; from whence it will follow, that the Years mention'd by Mofes, did each of them respectively conlist of twelve Months. And before I go any further I must beg Leave to observe, that I have determind the second Month mention'd in ver. II. chap. vii. to be the second Month of the current Year of Noah's Life z by reason I conceive that Expression cannot rightly be understood any otherways. For if we should take it to be the fecond Month of the then current Year of the World, as some have done, we must then necessarily suppose the Birth of Noah to co-incide with the first Day of the Year. For which Supposition there are
no grounds. And that this is the necessary Consequence of taking that Expression the second Month in the sense I have last mention'd, is plain from ver. 13. shap. viii. where it is said, that in the fix bundreth and first Year, in the first Month, the first Day of the Month, &c. which shows that Noah enter'd thar Day his fix hundredth and first Year. For that the fix hundredth and first Year there mention'd is to be understood of Noah's Life, is evident from ver. 11. chap. vii. And the Words themselves not admitting naturally of any other Constru&ion, I shall not infilt any longer on it, but return to my Subject.
We are told, Gen. vii. ver. nr. that the Flood begun on the feventeenth of the few
cond Month ; and chap. viii. ver. 4. that the Ark rested on the seventeenth of the seventh Month. Here are therefore five Months for the Increase, Duration and Part of the Decrease of the Flood. It is afterwards faid, ver. 5. that the Waters decreased continually until the tenth Month; in the tenth Month, on the first Day of the Month were the Tops of the Mountains seen. Here is a further Decrease of the Waters of near two Months and a half; namely, the remaining Part of the seventh Month, and all the
and ninth Months; which, with the five Months before-mention'd; make seven Months and thirteen Days. In the 6th and 7th Verses of the same Chapter we are told, that after forty Days Noah open'd the Window of the Arik, and fent out;a Raven, Which brings us to the tenth of the eleventh Month, and makes eight Months and twenty three Days.
And now here seems to be an Omiffion in the Account given us by Mofes ; for we find ver. 8. that He sent out a Dove after bim. And it is not said what Interval of Time there was between the sending out the Raven and the fending out the Dove. Indeed ver. 10. seems to determine it to seven Days ; adding then those feven Days to the eight Months and twenty three Days, we thall have just nine Months, and it will bring us to the seventeenth of the eleventh Month.
In ver. 10. we are told that He staid yet on ther seven Days, and sent the Dove again out of the Ark. Which makes nine Monchs and seven Days, and brings us to the twenty fourth of the eleventh Month ; and we are again told, ver. 12. that. He said yet other seven Days, and sent forth the Dove a third time; which makes nine Months and fourteen Days, and brings us to the first of the twelfth Month.
But here the Account of the Flood, as it is in our English Bibles, is faulty; for we are told immediately after, ver. 13. that it Came to pass in the six hundredth and first Tear, in the first Month, the first Day of the Month, the Waters were dried up from off the Earth. Now it is plain that this is the beginning of a new Year of Noah's Life
; and the Particulars of the Account of the Flood, as I have related them, bring us only to the first of the twelfth Month. So there is all that Month to be accounted for, before we can make the Account of the Flood given us by Moses confiftent with it felf. It is absolutely said that the Flood happen'd in the second Month of the fix hundredth Year of Noah's Life, and that Noah came out of the Ark in the second Month of the fix hundredth and first Tear of his Life, and consequently the Flood lasted a Year. We mult therefore endeavour to find out a proper Place, where to B
insert this Month, in order to make the Account of the Flood consistent with it self, as I said before.
For which Purpose, let us try and make our Computation after the following Man
When Noah open'd the Window of the Ark, and sent out the Raven, which was the eleventh of the eleventh Month, the Flood had lasted eight Months, and twenty three Days, as I have shewn already. Now, if we suppose Noah waited a Month, or thirty Days, before he sent out the Dove, then that will make nine Months and twenty three Days, and bring us to the tenth of the twelfth Month, and that he then fent out the Dove, who finding no rest for the Sole of her Foot returned into the Ark. He staid seven Days, and sent her out a second time, when the returned with the Olive Branch ; which makes ten Months, and brings us to the sevenreenth of the twelfth Month. He Itaid yet other seven Days, and sent out the Dove a third time, but the returned no more : Which makes ten Months and seven Days, and brings us to the twenty fourth of the twelfth Month. And it is probable Noah waited some time for the Return of the Dove, the last time he sent her out, before he removed the Covering of the Ark, which we are told, ver. 13. he did on the first Day of the first Month of the