In the latter part of Genesis 6, Elohim gives instructions to Noah on how to build the ark, and describes his covenant with Noah, his wife, his 3 sons, and his sons wives. Doesn’t say how many wives of his sons however, we can’t assume there are only 3 wives because we know that polygamy has already been mentioned and normalized.
Elohim’s instructions to Noah regard what we are told are “animals” but in the Bible are called “… every living thing of all flesh…” are found in verse 19:
Genesis 6:19 (Elohim speaking to Noah which started in verse 13) – And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Pretty straight forward, 2 of each, birds, cattle, and creepers of the ground. Again I beg the question, what about sea creatures? Also, did Noah reach out to other continents for those living creatures that did not exist in the Middle East at the time?
The story changes, however, when we get into Genesis 7:1 when Jehovah gives his instructions (emphasis is mine):
Genesis 7:2 (Jehovah speaking to Noah) – Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee SEVEN and SEVEN, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female: of the birds also of the heavens, SEVEN and SEVEN, male and female…”
See the difference? Elohim says bring two of each, Jehovah says 7 and 7 unclean and two each of clean.
So here is where I beg the question: Why do Jehovah’s instructions include extra “beasts” from Elohim’s instructions? All I want is for the reader to acknowledge the difference in instructions because the answer comes later. So what really happened on the Ark of Noah?
The mysteries abound but I know we are just getting started, because most people (believers and non-believers) know what happens next in the story.