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I am pretty sure I saw one of the Mefarshim in the Oz Vehadar Mikraos Gedolos (or a Midrash), that said that Noach learned from a sefer/(or sefarim) from previous generation(s). (I think it might have been addressing how Noach was a Tzaddik, or how he knew which animals are Tahor.)

If anyone has seen something like this, or knows the Mareh Makom, please tell me, because I've been searching for it, and I can't find it.

Thank you very much

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    According to Rashi, Bartenura, Chizkuni, and Da'as Zekeinim, at least, Noach was able to prophetically understand which animals were clean according to Torah. – ezra Oct 22 '18 at 4:14
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HaShem helped me find it. In the back part of the Mikraos Gedolos I mentioned, it brings down a Zohar (Vol. 1, 58b)

תָּא חֲזֵי, כֵּיוָן דְּאִתְיְילִיד נֹחַ חָמָא עוֹבָדֵיהוֹן דִּבְנֵי נָשָׁא דְּאִנּוּן חָטָאן קַמֵּי קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, וְהֲוָה גָּנִיז גַּרְמֵיהּ וְאִשְׁתְּדָּל בְּפוּלְחָנָא דְּמָארֵיהּ. בְּגִין דְּלֹא לְמֵהַךְ בְּאוֹרְחַיְיהוּ. וְכִי תֹּאמַר בַּמָּה אִשְׁתַּדַּל. בְּהַהוּא סִפְרָא דְאָדָם וְסִפְרָא דְּחֲנוֹךְ וְהֲוָה אִשְׁתַּדַּל בְּהוּ לְמִפְלַח לְמָרֵיהּ.

Rough translation: Come and see, once Noach saw the actions of the people that they were sinning in front of HaShem, he hid himself and was toiling in service of HaShem, in order to not go in their ways. And if you'll ask, what was he toiling in? In the sefer (book) of Adam and the sefer of Chanoch, and he was toiling in it to serve his master.

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The texts which Noach learned from were what he received from his ancestors.

There are remnants from three seforim which we still have today. They are 1) Sefer Raziel HaMalach also called Sefer Toldot Adam and Sifra d'Adam Kadmah which was given to Adam after the sin of the Tree of Knowledge of Tov and Ra by the angel, Raziel. It was through this sefer that human beings were taught the avodah of Teshuvah. This sefer also has teachings about Tumah and Tahara.

2) Sefer Chanoch from Chanoch ben Yered, the father of Methuselah. It is often bound together with Pirkei Heichalot of Rabbi Yishmael HaKohen Gadol because many of the teachings Rabbi Yishmael recorded, he received directly from Metatron (Chanoch after he has been appointed leader of the Angels).

Like Eliyahu HaNavi, Chanoch did not die in the normal sense of the word, but ascended alive. His material, physical body was sloughed off to reveal only his angelic body. He assumed the role of being the leader of all Angels and took on the name of Metatron, Sar HaPanim (מטטרון שר הפנים).

This angel was known to all nations and was the source behind Batya giving Moshe Rabbeinu his name. It is the Rosh Teivot of Metatron Sar HaPanim, who appeared and spoke when Batya looked into the basket that was taken from the Nile. Batya recognized this angel and declared, 'Moshe' (Metatron Sar HaPanim).

3) Sefer Noach which contains Noach's chiddushim to Sefer Raziel which he learned during his time on the Ark.

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This article writes:

Noach studied the Torah. Rashi derives this from the fact that Noach knew that he needed to bring seven kosher animals and two non-kosher animals. How else did Noach know which animals were kosher and which weren't? "Of all the tahor animals: that are destined to be tahor for Israel. We learn [from here] that Noach studied the Torah."

The Rashi they cite is Bereishis (7:2)

הטהורה. העתידה להיות טהורה לישראל; למדנו שלמד נח תורה (שם פ' כ"ו):

הטהורה CLEAN—It means those cattle which will in future be permitted to Israel as clean; we thus learn that Noah studied the Torah.

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    This says nothing about books, which was the question. He could've (indeed, I suspect, probably did) study Torah without books. – msh210 Oct 22 '18 at 3:50
  • @msh210 It sounded like there was a form of a written Torah as it doesn't say someone taught Noah but that he studied it. (?) – NJM Oct 22 '18 at 4:02
  • I recall someone saying that the Kosher animals came in 7 by themselves. – Al Berko Oct 22 '18 at 10:20
  • @AlBerko Based on Rashi that they all came on their own that makes sense. – DonielF Oct 22 '18 at 11:08

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