It’s said that, when the flood waters receded and Noah opened the door of the ark, he told the animals to “go forth, be fruitful and multiply.” All of them left, except for two snakes. When he asked them why they were staying on the ark, they said “we don’t know how to multiply, we’re adders.”
The Great Flood discussed in the Bible happened roughly 12,000 years ago. Christ was born roughly 2000 years ago, so using that event as the dividing line between BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini, or “year of The Lord”), that would mean that the Great Flood happened in roughly 10,000 BC. Things that happened before that flood are called antediluvian, from the Latin words ante (before) and diluvium (flood).
All these dates are approximate, of course. Time itself is an invention of man, as we’ve discussed here many times.
The word deluge has its roots in diluvium. King Louis XV of France is said to have coined the phrase “Apres moi, le deluge” (“After me, the flood”), although some sources say that Madame Pompadour coined it as “Apres nous, le deluge” (“After us, the flood.”). There’s a blog post that goes into the phrase here, in case you’re interested.
Yeah, I know, “there he goes with his etymology again.”
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