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I'm not going to address how the water could have covered the world and left no sign, as that has been sufficiently explained by other answerers. A few years ago, some people found the Ark. The Torah says that it landed on the mountains of Ararat. An expedition to Mount Ararat in modern-day Turkey found a gigantic wooden structure that seems to match the ...


Noach knew he was supposed to bring sacrifices based on the amount of 'extra' clean animals he was commanded to save as mentioned in Rashi 8 20. As far as the smell goes, this is a standard description of a pleasure that is connected to neshama, not to physicality, see for instance Brachos 43b.


From logic, Hashem is not a physical being that "smells" the physical odors of cooking meat. The sense of smell is the only one that is considered a "physical touching" with the "nonphysical". Similarly as part of havdallah we smell the basamim because of the loss of the neshamah yeseirah. Hashem is stating that from Noach's actions he sees that he is ...


You may be missing a nuance in the language the Torah uses for "drying". The word used in 8:13 is "charvu" which means "destroyed". Rashi gives a better explanation, there saying that it was like mortar / clay. Meaning, in practical terms, that it was too soft to walk on. In the following verse, 14, the Torah uses the term, "Yavsha", which is the usual word ...


The "window" was in the top of the Ark. (Ibn Ezra says this explicitly on 6:16, but I think it is generally agreed upon.) Looking up would not have helped much. Sticking his head out of the top would not have been an option, since the opening was 1/6th of a cubit wide (Ibn Ezra there).


Ohr Hachayim Noach 6,10 and 7,1 discusses this. It appears that minors can pass on due to parental sins. it was only because of Noach's righteousness that they were saved in his merit (as minors). It is unclear if this is the case only with bnai-Noach or also with Yisroel. Later, he indicates that Noach's children were saved because in Noach's merit they ...


See Rabbi Hirsch chapter 6 vs 17. Seems Hashem only used this term to ease Noach's mind while being left to imagine the impending death of millions.


For Ch. 6:17 the Torah Sheleimah Vol 2 page 408 note 198 brings the Medrash Raba that VaYigva here means to shrivel. For Ch. 7:21 the Torah Sheleimah Vol 2 page 429 note 79 brings the question and an answer based on the manuscript version of Bava Basra 16b: Only when the Torah uses the terms Geviya and Asifa does it refer to a righteous [painless] death.


A book written by a human claiming to be divine will not include dates (or any specific details) lest someone spot an error in them and then claim that it is not divine. The Torah being divine is not afraid to include specific details; thus this proves that the Torah is a Divine Document.

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