Too often with Biblical stories, we get caught up in the debate of whether or not the events happened, and we lose sight of the key question, which is, "what is this story coming to teach us?"
Jerusalem, Israel (PRWEB) March 28, 2014
As the world goes to the theaters to watch Hollywood's version of the story of the Great Flood, Age of Prophecy author Dave Mason presents a different view on the story of Noah's Ark. "Noah's Ark: The Inside Story of the Flood" is a version of the story rooted in the Jewish oral tradition. But though narrator Dave Mason is himself a Rabbi, he doesn't attempt to present the story as factual.
"Too often with Biblical stories, we get caught up in the debate of whether or not the events happened, and we lose sight of the key question, which is, "what is this story coming to teach us?" In this case, Mason says, the story teaches valuable lessons about how we are to meant to coexist in the world.
Mason points out in the video that virtually every ancient culture has a flood myth, indicating that either 1) a flood actually did occur, and all of these stories are evidence of it, or 2) there is something about the flood story that represents an essential human story.
Mason, who before becoming a Rabbi was an environmental activist, goes on to draw parallels between the Great Flood and today's environmental degradation. "The fact that Noah was instructed to save the animals, rather than God saving them through some other miraculous means, emphasizes humanity's obligations in terms of environmental stewardship. We are the only species on the planet capable of such mass destruction, and as such, we're also the only species capable of saving nature from destruction."
While the video does not directly touch upon Mason's writing, it draws upon the same body of sources as does his first book, The Lamp of Darkness, released earlier this month. The book, which is the first of The Age of Prophecy series, has been dubbed a "Biblical Harry Potter." The series is deeply rooted in ancient oral and mystical traditions, and uses these to bring key Biblical stories to life.
Learn more about The Age of Prophecy series at http://www.TheAgeofProphecy.com.