Noah who built the Ark might have been an albino according to a description in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Anita Durairaj
Depiction of Noah and his family in the 1921 movie CreationPicture by Sacred Films; Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain in the United States

Albinism is defined as a genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin in the eyes, skin, and hair. The condition is rare but it can affect all races.

In 1958, an article by Arnold Sorsby titled "Noah: An Albino" was published in the British Medical Journal. The article described the writings found in The Book of Enoch the Prophet regarding Noah from the book of Genesis in the Bible.

Noah is most famously known for having built an ark to save all mankind and animals from extinction from a great flood.

The Book of Enoch was written about 200 BCE. Fragments of the Book of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. One of the most interesting descriptions in the book is about the birth of Noah.

"the flesh of which was white as snow, and red as a rose; the hair of whose head was white like wool, and long; and whose eyes were beautiful. When he opened them, he illuminated all the house, like the sun".

While this may not be definite proof of Noah's albinism, the description is rather telling.

The Book of Enoch also influenced writings in the New Testament but it was gradually banned by the Church.

Not all biblical scholars believe that Noah was an albino. The writings in the Book of Enoch were also steeped in mythology so some believe that Noah was being compared to an angelic vision in white.

Regardless of Noah's condition, his albinism was never mentioned in the Bible and he became one of the most important characters in the Old Testament.

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