A Look at Life Prior to the Flood of Noah

Enoch PrimordialIf you’re a believer in the Bible, have you ever wondered what life was like before the global flood of Noah’s time?  Author and screenwriter Brian Godawa takes a look at that world in his book “Enoch Primordial,” a prequel to his book about Noah, “Noah Primeval.”  I read Noah Primeval about a year ago, and was enthusiastic to see Enoch Primordial released a few months ago.

As a serious student of the Bible for the past twenty years, as well as a science and history enthusiast, the events described in the early chapters of Genesis have always intrigued me. So much ground is covered in so little text that there is much to ponder. As I became aware about 15 years ago of scientific theories about creation, geology and so on that harmonize with the Bible, my curiosity has only grown. Noah Primeval tells the story of the remaining years before the global flood, and the coming of that flood.

Enoch Primordial steps back even further to examine the events that led up to the global flood. All that the Bible really tells us about Enoch is found in four verses of Genesis chapter 5:

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When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God[a] after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

We only have a couple of more details about Enoch throughout the entire Bible. Hebrews 11:5 says

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

Jude 1:14 also tells us that Enoch was a prophet of some sort.

People have long wondered what that meant (“…Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”).  Did Enoch not die? Was he whisked away by God straight to heaven?  In Enoch Primordial, you’ll find out what author Godawa thinks–but not before you see some of the things that may have happened to make Enoch the man who would be taken by God.

You’ll also catch a vivid picture of what the lives of Methuselah and Lamech might have been like. You will probably recall that Methusaleh is the longest-living recorded man in history, coming in at 969 years. Methusaleh will also make an appearance in Noah Primeval.

Can we really know with certainty the details of life before the global flood and the lives of these people? No, there is simply too little detail provided by history to understand these things with precision. But Godawa has studies the Bible extensively, and has pondered many Jewish and other extra-Biblical texts for insight into the historical figures and events of this time period. In fact Godawa provides extensive notes and explanations in the back of his books about the things he explores in his novels. These historical notes are almost as interesting as the fictional exploits.

Perhaps most important to me as one who takes God at his word that the Bible is true and authoritative is the fact that, while there may be parts of Godawa’s fiction that I would differ in interpretations on, I don’t recall a single instance where his books head in a direction contrary to what the Bible tells us about these people, events and truths.

To spend some time in the fictional world of a good book that explores an amazing world of angel/demons reigning as gods on earth, of frightening nephilim god/man hybrids, of meeting with the father of the human race and his bride, and of sitting in the courts of Heaven as “the Accuser” rails against Yahweh Elohim…as breathtaking as any book I have ever read.

I hope you’ll consider reading these books; they are definitely a good read, especially for a Christian.  Godawa’s third book in this series, Gilgamesh Immoral, is out now, and though my reading list is always a mile long, I know it won’t be long before I’m reading this one, too.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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