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R. 23. 3 ; EBI. II, 1 8 . ) Jub. , Recog. i. 30 (PG. 1. 1224); Cyprian, Ep. 63. 3 (CSEL. 3. 2. 702); Augustine, Civ. Dei 1 6 . 3 (CSEL. 40. 2. 1 2 9 ) ; Aphraates, Horn. 1 3 . 4 (TU. III. 3 . 2 0 0 ) ; and PRE. 8 give Shem as the oldest son; cf. Radak (EBI. II, 6). ) Sefer Hayashar gives Eliakim, son of Methuselah, as their father (EBI. II, 31). Aphraates, Horn. 1 3 . 4 (TU. III. 3. 20) tells of Noah's carefully admonishing his sons not to marry daughters of Cain. Noah's flesh revolted against the daugh­ ters of Cain; see Ephraem Syrus, Nisibene Hymns 1.

2 (NPNF. ser. ii. 1 3 . 167), sings of the bow and the cross as God's two great signs. -Tertullian, Ap. I, Sodoma 1 (PL. 2 . 1 1 0 1 B), poetically comments on the colors of the bow. ) Passing allusions to the fact of blessing are to be found in Tobit 4 : 1 2 ; Jub. , Recog. i. 30 (PG. 1. 1224). ) To Lactantius, Div. inst. ii. 1 3 (CSEL. 1 9 . 1 6 1 ) , the entire affair made Noah the inventor of wine rather than Bacchus. The claim for Bacchus was only another example of how the Greeks had falsified in their claims to antiquity.

The ten generations cover 1 6 5 6 years in the M T . ; 2 6 4 2 in the L X X ; 2262 in Josephus, Ant. 1. 3. 3 ; and only 1 3 0 7 in the Samaritan text. See J . E. T. (N. Y . : Bruce Pub. , 1936), p. 94. Some, rabbinic sources follow the M T . ; cf. Seder Olam, ch. 1 ; while the church fathers use the L X X or a variant of it; cf. Julius Africanus, Chron. 5 (PG. 1 0 . 6 8 ) ; Sulpicius Severus, Chron. i. 3 (CSEL. 1. 5). Augustine, Civ. Dei 1 5 . 20 (CSEL. 40. 2. 102), notes the difference in the L X X and MT.

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