From Norman Wirzba’s Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating: “According to a rabbinic tradition …it was precisely the months inside the ark that mattered most because it was there, in the work of feeding and caring for the animals, that Noah revealed what it means to be a righteous one. On this view, the ark was not primarily an escape vessel but a school for the learning of compassion. Here Noah refined the sympathies and dedication that are crucial for the development of a caring, hospitable relationship with the world. By giving up self-interest, Noah learned how to transform himself and his work into a gift for the good of others. …The triumph of Noah’s life is that, like God, he recognized the needs of others and then attended to them. What Noah learned is that the whole world is God’s ark because it is the place where God shows himself to be a hospitable host.”


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