'Saving the World'
Can you name them?
Can you name others?
the terror of the Flood
Bible Art: Noah
Noah as First Farmer
individuals or groups
The 'African Queen' is
an ark that saves the man and woman from death
about 'Saving the World'
(group or single activity)
Stage 1: Make up a list
some films about ordinary people who, in a crisis, use their skills,
courage and tenacity to save the world. You can choose
recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most
2: Glance over your list
1. This type of film is always fanciful, so how are the
film-makers able to convince you? Is the film realistic,
inspiring/uplifting, or silly? In other words, does it work?
2. Why do people enjoy this sort of film?
3: Choose your favorite
What are the central themes in this film?
Do any of the scenes remind you of the story of Noah, or of a crisis you
experienced in your own life?
7. Does the film portray people we ourselves would like to be, if
an emergency occurred?
4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has
a chance to talk about their ideas.
Single activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; make a quick
list of your favorites; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think
about your responses as you do other tasks during your day.
Have you ever been in any sort of natural catastrophe? Storm, flood, fire?
Write a short account of your experience.
What do you
remember most vividly?
What were your emotions?
Did you pray for help at the
Were you comforted by God's presence, or did you feel alone?
your memories with a learning partner.
Bible as our Ark
Some people say that the Bible is our personal Ark, providing shelter and
guidance when we are troubled by something, or in danger.
Have you found it
to be so?
Has the Bible helped you?
Were there any particular stories or
quotations that gave you comfort and strength?
If so, make a list you can
refer to from time to time.
If not, read some sections from the Book of
Proverbs and the Book of Psalms and see if you can find something there that
would help you.
Read Noah's story at
Bible People - Noah
to the link at the bottom of the painting at right.
through the paintings from first to last. Notice how modern painters
have used the dark surging sea to suggest God's anger.
part of the story of Noah has been the most popular with artists?
this have been your choice?
paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look
at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your
you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other
incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists.
Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Quotes from Noah's Story
'But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.'
'I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights...' Genesis
'...the Lord said in his heart "I will never again curse the ground
because of humankind.' Genesis 8:21
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth." Genesis 9:1
What do these four quotes tell you about the narrator's image of
The Return of the Dove to the Ark,
John Everett Millais
What are the most interesting moments in Noah's story?
2. If you were in the story, which person would impress you?
3. What is God's interaction with the main characters? What does this tell
you about the narrator's image of God? Do you agree with this image?
4. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other
things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to
5. Are the characteristics and actions of the people in the story still
present in the world? How is the story relevant to modern life, especially
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