Is there, or has there ever been, a concept of semicha among Noachides/Gentiles? That is, has there ever been a practice of granting semicha or similar ordinations to Noachides so that they can rule on matters concerning non-Jews as they relate to the Seven Laws?

To be clear, I do not know (and am not competent to propose) what an adequate educational or testing system would be for a practical Noachide semicha system today. If a Gentile semicha system ever existed before the present, I would suppose that it would be most likely to have existed only for a few generations after the Flood, while the Gentile nations still had a connection with Noah.

  • It is my understanding that a rabbi should always be consulted concerning questions on the Noahide Laws. After all, good knowledge and study in all areas of Jewish Law are needed to be able to decide what is forbidden/permitted under the Noahide Laws. – ezra Jul 4 '17 at 1:25
  • @ezra what did Noachides do between the giving of the Seven Laws and the giving of the Jewish law at Sinai? What did the grandchildren of Noah do if they weren't sure of whether something was allowed? Did they flip a coin? Did they ask Noah? If they asked Noah, then wouldn't that mean that Noah had semicha? – Robert Columbia Jul 4 '17 at 1:28
  • "The Giving of the Seven Laws." Hm. These laws were given at the Beginning of Creation. By the way, what makes you believe the people during Noah's time would have cared about the laws? They were evil and disobeyed G-d. And even if they did, why would you assume Noah would be their leader? I think you are trying to apply modern halacha to a very distant, ancient time. – ezra Jul 4 '17 at 1:29
  • @ezra The question would apply to those who learned in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever. It would also apply to those who followed the halachos between Adam and Noah, ending with the family of Noah. – sabbahillel Jul 4 '17 at 1:41
  • "If they asked Noah, then wouldn't that mean that Noah had semicha?" (from your comment). No, it'd mean he was knowledgeable. At least to me, "s'micha" implies a chain: A gives B s'micha, so B can give C s'micha. – msh210 Jul 4 '17 at 4:18

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