[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: Heard: dialogue

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 5 16:40:01 EDT 2018


>> "How many days & nights was *_MOSES_* on the Ark?"

> Was Moses on the Ark, instead of Noah?

D'oh!! Let us draw the curtain of charity over poor me [1]


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[1]
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

"That's it! That's a good boy. Fine boy. Fine, manly little fellow. Two
thousand verses is a great many -- very, very great many. And you never can
be sorry for the trouble you took to learn them; for knowledge is worth
more than anything there is in the world; it's what makes great men and
good men; you'll be a great man and a good man yourself, some day, Thomas,
and then you'll look back and say, It's all owing to the precious
Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood -- it's all owing to my dear
teachers that taught me to learn -- it's all owing to the good
superintendent, who encouraged me, and watched over me, and gave me a
beautiful Bible -- a splendid elegant Bible -- to keep and have it all for
my own, always -- it's all owing to right bringing up! That is what you
will say, Thomas -- and you wouldn't take any money for those two thousand
verses -- no indeed you wouldn't. And now you wouldn't mind telling me and
this lady some of the things you've learned -- no, I know you wouldn't --
for we are proud of little boys that learn. Now, no doubt you know the
names of all the twelve disciples. Won't you tell us the names of the first
two that were appointed?"

Tom was tugging at a button-hole and looking sheepish. He blushed, now, and
his eyes fell. Mr. Walters' heart sank within him. He said to himself, it
is not possible that the boy can answer the simplest question -- why DID
the Judge ask him? Yet he felt obliged to speak up and say:

"Answer the gentleman, Thomas -- don't be afraid."

Tom still hung fire.

"Now I know you'll tell me," said the lady. "The names of the first two
disciples were --"

"DAVID AND GOLIAH!"

Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.


On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 8:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> > "How many days & nights was *_MOSES_* on the Ark?"
>
> Was Moses on the Ark, instead of Noah?
>
> On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 11:18 AM, Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > *> Aunt Lizzy asked me, "How many days & nights was Moses on the Ark?"*
> > Okay, I'll play - I'd have said 40 days and 40 nights but:
> >
> > *How long was Noah on the ark?* Noah entered the ark in the 600th year of
> > his life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month (Genesis 7:11-13
> > <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%207.11-13>). Noah left the ark on the
> > 27th day of the 2nd month of the following year (Genesis 8:14-15
> > <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%208.14-15>). Therefore, assuming a
> lunar
> > calendar of 360 days, Noah was on the ark for approximately 370 days.
> >
> > Though, not surprisingly, there is some disagreement on that, 364 and 377
> > days are also argued for. Good thing it wasn't:
> > *How long did it take Noah to build the ark?* The Bible does not
> > specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark. When Noah is
> first
> > mentioned in Genesis 5:32 <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%205.32>, he
> is
> > 500 years old. When Noah enters the ark, he is 600 years old. The time it
> > took to build the ark would depend on how much time passed between
> Genesis
> > 6:14 <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%206.14>, when God commanded Noah
> to
> > build the ark; and Genesis 7:1 <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%207.1>,
> > when God commanded Noah to enter the ark. Some scholars teach that it
> took
> > Noah 120 years to build the ark, based on Genesis 6:3
> > <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%206.3>. Others say that it took 100
> > years, based on Noah’s age in Genesis 5:23
> > <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%205.23> and his age in Genesis 7:6
> > <https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%207.6>.
> >
> >
> > On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 9:27 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
> RDECOM
> > AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > >
> > > > Aha! A followup gotcha:  Madison did the Constitution. (Knew I'd
> catcha
> > > on sumpthin', WG.) When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, my
> > > > Aunt Lizzy asked me, "How many days & nights was Moses on the Ark?"
> > > >
> > >
> > > It's a trick question -- they didn't bury the survivors!
> > >
> > >
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> >
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> -----
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