I agree. But Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:29, 37–39; Luke 17:26–29) and the Apostle Peter (2 Peter 2:5-6, 3:6) compare the theological points Genesis makes about the Flood to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire and sulfur rained down from heaven, and to the events at the End Times like the darkening of the Sun and falling of stars.
This makes clear that they are interpreting the Flood as an extraordinary miraculous event.
And me too:
If I understand well you are stating this:
Jesus Christ accepts the tradition of the Hebrews and teaches that “what really happened” is “what Genesis says”.
In my view one should more accurately say:
Jesus Christ teaches that “what really happened” is what He states Genesis says.
So for instance Jesus doesn’t quote anything about the Tower of Babel, and hence we cannot pretend He teaches this episode “really happened”. The same holds regarding the “6 days of Genesis”.
By contrast in Matthew 19:4-6, and Mark 10:6-9 Jesus quotes Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 to teach “what really happened” in the beginning, and thereby corrects “Moses interpretation” and “the literary tradition of the Hebrews”.
From this we should conclude that what Jesus Christ (God’s Word) quotes about Noah and the Flood is “what really happened”.
And by equating Noah’s Flood to what will happen in the End Times Jesus Christ shows He considers the Flood a similar extraordinary miraculous event.
I would be thankful to know your reasons for excluding “miracle” as an explanation of Noah’s Flood, if you endorse such exclusion.
I fully agree to all what you say here and dare to notice that I don’t see therein any argument which invalidates my explanation of the Flood as a miracle.
What is more, John Walton himself in the YouTube IP video where he explains the main message of his book states that in Genesis:
“the Flood narrative works as a Re-creation narrative, you have the same patterns as in the Creation narrative” (at time 3:38);
“from a literary standpoint of view they [the Flood verses] are reiterating Creation” (at time 4:00);
the basic element of creation is “establishing order”: “In the Flood narrative we have the idea that order has been disrupted by all the violence, and so God brings Non-Order as waters cover the land, and then order reemerges in the sense of a Re-creation act” (at time: 4:30-4:41).
All these quotations plainly reinforce Jesus Christ’s linkage of the historic Flood in the Ancient Times to His prophecy for the End Times cataclysm wherefrom the new Heaven and the new Earth will emerge. John Walton interpretation clearly strengthens the universal character of the event: From the Flood universal order reemerges.
Now on the basis of the data we have we can derive that there was no geographically worldwide cataclysm in the ordinary world we live in. Therefore, if Genesis 6-9 is a Recreation narrative this means that the event was miraculously worldwide and affected all living Image Bearers.
This is the argument of John Walton in the IP video-interview at time 20:48.
My point is that what is inspired is primarily Jesus Christ’s interpretation of the event.
And since according to this interpretation the event is a miracle, then the event itself is inspired as well.
By the way, you have the burden of giving geological evidence for a “catastrophic flood event in the Ancient Near East” that could be considered the “historical event” referred to by Genesis 6-9.
In the IP video-interview with John Walton it is claimed at time 21:14:
“a flood event happened several thousand years ago is probably the most likely historical event behind the Flood”.
I asked IP which specific event was here referred to and got this answer:
“It was an event around 5500 BC around the black sea. Check out the book, Noah’s Ark: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event that Changed History.”
The problems this explanation raises have already been discussed in other threads in this Forum. Here I would like only add:
The trouble with the “Black Sea Flood” is that it is an ORDINARY natural phenomenon. If you claim that the Genesis narrative is simply “Hyperbole” of a local “Black Sea” event, then you should also claim that Jesus prophecy for the End Times is “Hyperbole” and conclude that there will be neither such a worldwide End nor a general Judgement.
YECs try to explain Genesis 1-11 by “upgrading” ordinary natural events to extraordinary miraculous ones.
You try to explain Genesis 1-11 by “downgrading” extraordinary miraculous events to ordinary natural ones.
I think the explanation of the Flood as a miracle is worthy of being discussed more in depth, that is, acknowledging both ordinary natural phenomena and extraordinary miraculous ones as equal real events.
To my best knowledge this has not yet been done, and in particular is not mentioned in all the stuff you have collected for this thread. Nonetheless I will be happy if one proves me wrong with precise quotations.
Before finishing let me stress once again: If the event is a miracle it fits perfectly well within today’s quantum physics. Accordingly we don’t have to bother about any conflict with science.