Hack Slap: Geshem v Mayim


I just watched an Internet special on the Noah’s Flood.

First, let me spare all the skeptics their spasms: this post is not about the historicity of the Flood.

Second, this post, brief as it is, is about gross analytical laziness.

Tangentially, it is also about deception, or idiocy so extreme it is indistinguishable from deception.

One must conserve clarity.

Over the course of this video, there are probably fifty things they just didn’t get wrong, but fantastically wrong.

American education is in steep decline—we’ve known this for decades. One need no further evidence for this fact than the shoddy reasoning of many of the day’s PhD (Doctors of Philosophy) across virtually all fields and sciences.

What follows is merely one example from the video, out of scores—

The Narrator claims:

“Strangely, many repetitions and inconsistencies appear in the [Bible] printed text. For example…”

The Narrator points out that in Genesis 7:12 the Flood lasted “forty days and forty nights” but just twelve verses later, in Genesis 7:24 “one hundred and fifty days.”

Various speakers then line up (“educated” atheists, naturally) and avuncularly scold the ancient scribes for cobbling two incompatible narratives together.

“Why didn’t anyone notice and make corrections?” they ask.

These poor scholars were just mystified. Golly! What an oversight!

Unfortunately, this trend has infected our best institutions.

So, dear reader, is it really an inconsistency?

Let’s look at the two verses:

Genesis 7: 12 – And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 7:24 – And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

I showed these two verses to a liberal friend of mine with a PhD in electrical engineering and he said (though very respectfully) ‘yes, seems to be quite a contradiction.’

An engineer, educated in America, with a Doctor of Philosophy couldn’t see through this either.

So, is it a contradiction?

Of course not.

It “rained” for 40 days and 40 nights. The Hebrew word for “rain” is geshem.

Also, do not omit the fact the “fountains of the great deep were broken up” (ruptured subterranean seas, now scientifically proven). In Hebrew, they are called ma’yan rab tehown: “great springs in the deep places”.

So, it wasn’t just rain; nonetheless, after 40 days and 40 nights, it did stop raining.

The “waters” remained on the surface for “a hundred and fifty days” or about five months. The Hebrew word for “waters” is mayim. After the five months, the waters began to subside.

The author even used two entirely different words to make it perfectly clear he was talking about two distinct phenomena. This difference is even reflected in the English of the 1611 King James Version: rain vs. waters.

It is like saying it snowed on Monday, but it was so cold it took a week (until Sunday) for all of it to melt.

Believe it, or don’t believe it—I couldn’t care less what your intellect or imagination can or cannot rise to.

If you are going to read something…


Do not follow dunces and poseurs.

Especially well-paid ones.

Hack Slaps are posts designed to prove most objections against Scripture are groundless. They’ve always been groundless, but ignorance is a most difficult thing to remove from the world. If you want to reject something, at least have the integrity to know what you’re rejecting.


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