Noah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
rest, (Heb. Noah) the grandson of Methuselah (Gen. 5:25-29),
was for two hundred and fifty years contemporary
with Adam, and
the son of Lamech, who was about fifty years old at
the time of
Adam's death. This patriarch is rightly regarded as
connecting link between the old and the new world.
He is the
second great progenitor of the human family.
The words of his father Lamech at his birth (Gen.
been regarded as in a sense prophetical, designating
Noah as a
type of Him who is the true "rest and comfort" of
men under the
burden of life (Matt.11:28).
He lived five hundred years, and then there were
born unto him
three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen. 5:32). He
was a "just
man and perfect in his generation," and "walked with
Ezek. 14:14,20). But now the descendants of Cain and
began to intermarry, and then there sprang up a race
distinguished for their ungodliness. Men became more
corrupt, and God determined to sweep the earth of
population (Gen. 6:7). But with Noah God entered
covenant, with a promise of deliverance from the
deluge (18). He was accordingly commanded to build
(6:14-16) for the saving of himself and his house.
of one hundred and twenty years elapsed while the
ark was being
built (6:3), during which Noah bore constant
the unbelief and wickedness of that generation (1
2 Pet. 2:5)...