Apr 01, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
I think it's entirely possible that the story could be true. Here's a condensed version of the well-known story.
After gathering 2 of (almost) every animal and taking his family inside, Noah and the group spent over one year on the ark. Apparently Noah and his family did re-populate the earth (you're here aren't you?).
Unfortunately, Noah missed numerous animals such as the unicorn, sphinx, and dragon which caused them to immediately become extinct.
Soon after, Noah planted a vineyard so that he could make some wine. It is said that he got drunk and threw off his clothes and passed out. His son, Ham saw this and did nothing for his father, but his other sons, Japheth and Shem, covered their father. When Noah woke up, he praised two of his sons, but cursed the son of Ham (Canaan), and this is the reason why the Israelites never got along with the Canaanites.
Noah lived another 350 years and died at the ripe old age of 950.
(p.s. This post along with many others of mine will not be enjoyed by those persons who think too literally)