Noah’s Ark 6

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Noah's Ark
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This week let’s return to the unclean animals, which are the majority of animals that entered the ark.  As we have
read in Genesis 7:12-15, they came in pairs, male and female, of every kind of creature that has the breath of life.

I’d like to explain what was meant by kind during the time of Noah.  Most likely, kind is similar to the biological
classification of Genus today.  Here are two examples.

Example one, in todays biological classification, there is the family of cats called Felidae.  Under the family of cats
is the category of Genus or what God called kinds to Noah.  These include cheetahs, jaguars, lions, tigers,  
leopards, bobcats, house cats, etc.  Under the category of Genus is the category of species.  For the cheetah 
Genus or kind, there are many species.  They include the Albino Cheetah, Maltese Cheetah, 
Melanistic (Blue) Cheetah and the Erythristic (Red) Cheetah.  

Throughout history, the cheetah Genus or kind experienced environmental changes and interbreeding (exchang-
ing of genes) to become the many species of today.

Example two, in todays biological classification, there is the family of elephants called Elephantidae.  During Noah’s
time, the Genus or kind may have been the Loxodonta (African Elephant) and the Elephas (Asian Elephant).  For
the African Elephant Genus or kind, there is the species of Africana and Cyclotis Elephant.  For the  
Asian Elephant Genus or kind, there is the species of Maximus, Indicus, Bomensis and Sumatran Elephants.

Throughout history, the African and Asian Elephant Genus or kind experienced environmental changes and
interbreeding (exchanging of genes) to become the many species of today.

My main point is that there were far fewer variations of animals during Noah’s time than there are today.  Noah 
brought only two of every Genus or kind into the ark, not two of every species.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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