In this episode, the Yahweh Elohim decide to destroy mankind — or do they? Noah and his family are spared, plus enough other creatures to repopulate the planet, so what was the point? Noah is grateful, however, so he builds an altar and barbecues some of the surplus clean beasts for them. This becomes a tradition, even after the gods are no longer physically present. But the meat could still be consumed via long distance, as in the contest between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, with its highly disturbing denouement!