First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…
FOLIO XI recto

The Second Age of the World begins with Noah after the Flood and continues to Abraham for a varying period of years as described in the beginning of this book. However, for a period of one hundred years before the Flood the Lord had already appeared to Noah.


Noah, the son of Lamech, and a lover of divine honor and of justice, and possessed of ingenuity and perfection, found favor with the Lord; for while men’s minds were bent upon evil, he always sought to influence them to the pursuit of righteousness. And as the end of all flesh approached, the Lord commanded Noah to build an ark of gopher wood, pitched within and without with pitch, three hundred cubits[The cubit, being at first a natural measure, like hand or foot, denoted the distance from the elbow to the end of the middle finger, varying from 18 to 21.888 inches. It was generally reckoned at 21 inches, or 1.75 feet. This would make the ark 525 feet long, 87½ feet wide, and 52½ feet high.] (of which one makes six of the ordinary cubits, as Orosius, Augustine, and Hugo say) in length, fifty wide, and thirty high, that is, from the ground to the roof below the eaves, and to be completed in one cubit. And he was commanded to make small chambers in it, rooms in which to eat, a window, and a door below in the side of it. And after 120 years Noah carried into the finished ark all that was necessary to the comforts of life; and of every sort of animal, to preserve its species, he led in two, a male and a female. Thereafter, on the first day of the month of April, he and his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons went into the ark. And although the flood came, and the Lord destroyed all flesh, Noah and his people were saved. And the ark stood on the highest mountains of Armenia; and the place was called Ararat. When they came out of the ark they thanked God and made an altar and sacrificed to him. (And God said) “This is the token of the covenant I give between me and you, and to every creature.” The rainbow has two principal colors; some say six or four. The watery one denotes the bygone flood; the fiery one, the future judgment of fire. With the first, one should no longer concern himself, but certainly wait for the other.

In this year of the Flood the first age (from Adam to the Flood) is finally concluded, and the second age begins, and it continues to the birth of Abraham.

Now as Noah and his sons, and his wife and the wives of his sons had gone out of the ark and very soon built an altar, they sacrificed to the Lord of every clean animal and fowl the whole. And the Lord smelled the sweet savor of their sacrifices. Therefore the Lord blessed them and said,