In 2014 director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream; The Fountain; The Wrestler; Black Swan; The Fighter) presented us with the film Noah, which was his take on the Christian/Jewish origin story from The Bible & The Torah.
Now Darren was raised jewish so there are no real philosophical issues with his eligibility to present a film about a Judeo-Christian legend. However, the epic film adaptation of the tale Mr Aronofsky presented seemed to use the source material as only a skeleton for a tale that totally retconed the story of Noah.
Noahs father, Lamech (a descendant of Adams 3rd son Seth), prepares to pass some kind of power or knowledge to him from a snake-skin wrapped around his arm before he is killed by Tubal- Cain (a descendant of Adams 1st son Cain).
Many years later an adult Noah, haunted by dreams of a great flood, decides to go visit
his grandfather Methuselah (son of Enoch).
He & his family seek refuge with the fallen angels (known as the “Watchers”), who have been confined on Earth as stone golems for helping the humans after they are banished from the Garden of Eden.
Upon finding his grandfather, Noah is given a hallucinogenic drink by Methuselah & he divines Gods message & his purpose. With the fallens help, Noah and his family build an ark & use incense to lull all the animals to sleep.
Noah denies his 2 youngest sons wives (even though his eldest has 1), deciding that they will be the last humans on earth (because his daughter in-law is barren).
He & his eldest murder 100s of people who try to board the ark as the flood engulfs everything & the fallen are taken back up to heaven.
Noahs 2nd son tries to kill him for denying him a wife. Noah snaps & tries to kill his family because his barren daughter in-law has twins (after he decided they must all die).
Finally, upon the floods subsiding, Noah abandons his family in shame & his 2nd son goes into exile, leaving the youngest brother to wait to procreate with his brothers twin daughters when they are older.
Now I don’t know about you, but as far as I know, The Snake (Satan) deceived mankind & was the one that betrayed us & got us ejected from Eden. So why would Noah be gaining powers from or venerating its skin?
According to The Bible (and The Torah), Noah, like Enoch, was friends with God & spoke to him directly, so he wouldn’t require drugs to “divine” Gods message. Neither would he need magic to lull the creatures on the Ark to sleep because God put them to sleep (the guy did send them there after all…) Also God forbids sorcery so…
As the story goes, Noah & his family where chosen to re-populate the earth & Noah was sent into The Ark with his wife, his sons & their WIVES.
Noah and his family were chosen because they followed Gods Law & God was cleansing the earth of all the Murderers & other sinners. So why would Noah start killing people & why would his son (who also knew Gods Law) try to kill his father?
Considering incest is both disgusting & a sin, why would God decide that the 2 youngest brothers must mate with the older brothers twin daughters? And why would Noahs life end in shame after being Gods chosen 1?
Now this part I left for last as it is both the most ponderous & the most sinister… Why would The Fallen be portrayed as benevolent helpers of mankind when it is (or isn’t) well known that Lucifer & his brethren were cast out of heaven for causing a mutiny in heaven & banished till Judgment Day for corrupting mankind by teaching us sin & for trying to pollute our DNA by mating with human females?
The Truth About The Fallen:
According to The Book Of Enoch (Jesus’ favorite book) the leader of the fallen angels was called Azazel, and he is often identified with Lucifer (the Lightbringer) or Lumiel (‘the light of God’).
He taught men to forge swords and make shields and breastplates (body armour).
Azazel also taught them metallurgy and how to mine from the earth and use different metals.
To the women he taught the art of making bracelets, ornaments, rings and necklaces from precious metals and
stones. He also showed them how to
‘beautify their eyelids’ with kohl and the
use of cosmetic tricks to attract and
seduce the opposite sex.
From these practices Enoch says there came much ‘godlessness’ and men and women committed fornication, were led astray and became corrupt in their ways.
The fallen angel Shemyaza, another form of Azazel, is said by Enoch to have
taught humans the use of root cuttings
and the magical art of enchantment.
The fallen angel Armaros taught the
resolving (banishing) of enchantments.
Baraqijal taught astrology.
Kokabiel, the knowledge of the constellations (astronomy).
Chazaqiel, the knowledge of the clouds and the sky (weather lore and divination).
Shamsiel, the signs of the sun (the solar mysteries).
Sariel the courses of the moon (the lunar cycles used in horticulture and agriculture and the esoteric lunar mysteries).
Penemuel instructed humans in the art of writing and reading.
And Kashdejan taught the diagnosis and healing of diseases and the science of medicine.
Also, it is believed by many that the “gods” of many polytheistic religions (Greek Mythology; Egyptian Mythology; Norse Mythology; Chinese & Japanese Mythology; Hinduism etc) were derived from people having worshiped these entities when they came down to earth.
Of course this is not meant to insult or trivialize or even damn any believers of said religions, however, upon analysis of polytheism… the similarities are very striking (Why would a god want to have sex with a human or live on earth or teach us how to harm the earth and each other? Etc, etc…)
In conclusion, it is clear that Noah is not a religious movie or even about telling the story of Noah for those who the story of Noah forms part of their religion.
Noah is in fact more offensive than The Passion Of The Christ & distorts Judeo-Christian Mythology in a more gnostic direction and treats it less like a spiritual text & more like a mythological tale.
Which begs the question… Who is Darren Aronofskys Noah meant for? One could argue that its a generic & artistic & cinematic adaptation meant to appeal to all and not be too religious etc.
But remember, Noah was meant to be a just man who was close to God. God (being the creator of all existence & being All Powerful & all took care of everything) & even though The Bible is a point of view kinda story, the themes and structure of the tales were meant to educate those who read it & believe in it about what happened in the the past, why it happened & what to be weary of going forward.
I could go on about it. But this is just an analysis of the film, not The Christian Faith.
So, to those that wish to tackle Christian Mythology based films going forward, remember that:
1.) The Snake (Satan) was the deceiver of mankind & grants us no power at all. In fact, it is the most abhorrent creature in Christian Mythology.
2.) There are no anti-heroes in Christian Mythology. Tragic Heroes maybe, but they are noted as such & it is not something to be distorted as some of these people are venerated as Saints
3.) The Fallen are the bad guys. Let’s say it again, THE FALLEN ARE THE BAD GUYS.
They hate humanity because God created us with free will & they were created to serve.
They want to corrupt us to prove to God he made the wrong choice.
They are evil. As in they are what evil actually is as a thing.
They wish us harm & would rather give us vinegar if we were thirsty than water or wine. And after we drink it, we would find out it was poison.
Get it? Got it? Good.
Finally, to all those who are interested, look into The Book Of Enoch, learn about other religions & use your deduction to make sense of why & how we have so many different beliefs. Respect others beliefs, try and understand them & think about the fact that if we all live on 1 planet… How would we have 1000s of different “gods” servicing 100s of different religions without any of us knowing about any of them or any of them clashing?
For my money I will rather believe that we all at some point in history met the same beings but had different experiences with them (or they presented themselves differently to different tribes… for some reason…)
We live in an interesting world. I’m interested in what your interpretation is of Noah & of my analysis, so give me your thoughts.