The flood started in 2348 BC or 1656 years after creation. This dating is from “The Wall Chart of World History” published by Barnes and Noble (ISBN: 0-88029-239-3).
Noah’s Flood Chronology
Bible EVENT Day Sequence
Gen 7:14 Flood Rainfall Begins Day 1
Gen 7:12 Rain stops Day 40
Gen 7:24 The waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.
Gen 8:3 Water level begins to recede Day 150
Gen 8:5 Mountaintops exposed Day 224
Gen 8:6 Raven sent out. Did not return Day 264
Gen 8:7 Dove sent out, returned. Day 271
Gen 8:10 Dove sent out, back with an olive branch. Day 278
Gen 8:12 Dove sent out, did not return. Day 285
Gen 8:13 Cover removed from Ark Day 314
Gen 8:16 Noah leaves Ark Day 371
TOTAL DAYS 371
The flood was one year and six days, a year and a week without the day of rest.
Disclaimer. The Canopy Theory is very controversial in creationist circles and the two best-known Creationist organizations, AIG and ICR, no longer support it. I’ve included it here because it explains two pre-flood conditions, 1) gigantism of living organisms and extreme longevity. We have fossils of huge creatures from the fossil record and very long lifespans recorded in the Bible. The increased atmospheric pressure (hyperbaric conditions) before the flood would explain both of these! Since all models of the pre-flood world are historic science, they are subject to change as more research is published and can never be absolute.
The world before Noah’s flood was very different. It was a lush garden, tropical from pole to pole. The “canopy” model places a water vapor layer above the Earth’s atmosphere. Scripture tells us God separated the “waters from the waters” on Creation day two and placed waters above the Earth and on its surface. Pre-flood there was no rain or clouds, and the weather was uniform from pole to pole because of the greenhouse effect of the canopy. The increased atmospheric pressure of a vapor layer of water above the Earth would have allowed a significant amount of condensation at the end of each night cycle. This very heavy dew along with the “mist” would have been adequate to water the ground, so there was no need for rain on the Earth. The weather report would have been the same every day “The high today will be about 75 and the low tonight will be about 60, there will be about 1 inch of water condensed on the ground overnight.”
This water above could compress the atmosphere and create both much larger creatures and greatly increased longevity. In laboratory conditions, bacterial lifespans are increased ten times by this increased pressure. We call these bariatric conditions. Our 70 to 90-year life span would increase to 700 to 900 years.
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