Noah, a patriarch in Biblical history, son of the second Laniech, and the tenth in descent from Adam. It is related that he was chosen by the Lord on account of his piety to be the father of the new race of men that should people the earth after the flood. He was warned of the approaching deluge, and built an ark into which he entered, with his family and all kinds of animals. The flood came, and all living things perished save those preserved in the ark. After the waters had subsided and the dry land began to appear, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, in Armenia, where Noah offered a sacrifice to the Lord, who accepted it and made a covenant with him, ratifying it by the sign of a rainbow in the clouds. Noah then "began to be a husbandman;" he planted a vineyard, " and he drank of the wine and was drunken, and was uncovered within In- tent." His son Hain ridiculed the exposure ot his father, but his two other sons, Shem and Japheth, covered him with a garment.
When Noah awoke and knew what had happened to him, he blessed Shem and Japheth, but cursed Canaan, the son of Ham, prophesying of him that he would be a servant of servants to his brethren. There are coincidences between the Biblical history of Noah and the traditions of other nations. (See Deluge).