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Genesis 7:13

13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.

Read Genesis 7:13 Using Other Translations

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,
That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives.

What does Genesis 7:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 7:13

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and
Japheth, the sons of Noah
That is, on the seventeenth day of the second month; (See Gill on Genesis 7:11) the names of Noah and his three sons are expressed, but not the names of his wife, and of the wives of his sons; they are only described by their relation as follows: and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons, into the ark:
but other writers pretend to give us their names; Berosus F3 calls the wife of Noah "Tytea", the great, and Aretia, plainly from "Tit", clay, and "Aerets", the earth; and his sons' wives Pandora, Noela, and Noegla: according to Sanchoniatho F4, the name of Noah was "Epigeus", a man of the earth, see ( Genesis 9:20 ) and afterwards "Ouranus", heaven; and he had a sister whom he married, called "Ge", earth; and with this agrees the account that the Allantes give of their deities; the first of which was Uranus, and his wife's name was Titaea; who, after her death, was deified, and called "Ge" F5: so the Jewish writers say F6, the wife of Noah was called Titzia, and others say Aritzia, from the word "Eretz", earth F7; though others will have it, that she was Naamah, the daughter of Lamech: the Arabic writers F8 tell us, that the name of Noah's wife was Hancel, the daughter of Namusa, the son of Enoch; that the name of Shem's wife was Zalbeth, or, as other copies, Zalith or Salit; that the name of Ham's Nahalath; and of Japheth's Aresisia; who were all three the daughters of Methuselah; and they also relate F9, that when Noah entered the ark, he took the body of Adam with him, and placed it in the middle of the ark.


F3 De temporibus ante diluvium, l. 1. fol. 8. 20. l. 2. fol. 11. 1. l. 3. fol. 24. 2.
F4 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evang. l. 1. p. 36.
F5 Diodor. Sicul. Bibliothec. l. 3. p. 190.
F6 Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 75. 1.
F7 Shalshalet, fol. 1. 2. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 23. fol. 20. 3. Jarchi in Gen. 4. 22.
F8 Eutych. Annal. p. 34. Patricides, p. 8. apud Hottinger. p. 245.
F9 Ibid. p. 250.
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