Noah is a widely attested legendary figure from primeval history (Genesis 1–11) of unknown, pre-Israelite origin. The Priestly Adamite genealogy in Genesis 5 introduces him in tenth position as the son of Lamech (Pentateuch). A non- or pre-Priestly redactor in Gen. 5:29 interprets his name as meaning “one who brings relief” (from nḥm Pi., “comfort”), though a connection with the verb nwḥ, “rest,” seems more likely. The original etymology is probably irretrievable.
Cite this pageSpieckermann, Hermann, “Noah”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N229>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512
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