Scripts נֹחַ, נוֹחַ (Ancient Hebrew)
From the Hebrew name נֹחַ (Noach) meaning “rest, repose”, from the verb נוח (nuah), “to rest”. According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the Great Flood. After the flood he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from GOD.
Son of Lamech and father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth; he lived 950 years (Gen 5:28-32; 6:10; 9:18-29; 10:1; 1 Chr 1:4; Lu 3:36). He was a righteous and upright man, and found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Gen 6:8-9; Sir 44:17; Ez 14:14, 20). He was saved in an ark when GOD punished the world with the flood (Gen 6:11-8:22; Mt 24:37-38; Lu 17:26-27; Heb 11:7; 1P 3:20; 2P 2:5). GOD made a covenant with him that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood (Gen 9:1-17; Is 54:9).
The name Noah appears 8 times in the New Testament (spelled Νωε, Noe), from his listing as an ancestor of Christ (Luke 3:36) to Paul’s procession of heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11:7) and Peter’s second epistle in which he names Noah as a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5;
The Flood in the Bible
The Genesis Flood narrative is found in chapters 6-9 of the Book of Genesis in the Bible. GOD intended to restore the Earth to its pre-Creation state of chaos by flooding the Earth because of mankind’s great sins, and then recreating it using the microcosm of Noah’s ark. Thus, the Flood can be viewed not as a normal flooding of the land, but an inversion of Creation. The narrative discusses the evil of humanity that prompted GOD to destroy the World through the flood, the preparation of the ark for some animals, Noah and his family, and GOD’s guarantee (Noah’s Covenant) for the continued existence of life under the promise that He would never send another flood.
Noah in Islam
Noah is known in Arabic as Nuh (Arabic: نُوْحٌ, romanized: Nūḥ), and is recognized in Islam as a prophet and messenger of GOD. He is one of the Ulu’l azm prophets, or the list of prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. Noah’s mission was to warn his people, now sunk in depravity and sin, so GOD instructed Noah to preach to the people, advising them to abandon idolatry and worship only the Lord and to live a righteous and pure life. But the people refused to repent, thus leading to the Flood.
Noah’s mission had a dual character: he was to warn his people, asking them to repent, and at the same time, he was to preach GOD’s mercy and forgiveness, promising them glad tidings if they led righteous lives. References to Noah are scattered throughout the Qur’ān, and there is even an entire surah bearing his name, Nūḥ (Qur’ān 71:1-28).