This is an interesting teaching parable showing us a people's response to a natural flood. We see two completely separate perspectives on the same event emerge, both given divine import.
We learn the folk understanding of large fossils
Yet we also discover here a forgiving spiritual path as well..
[ It is astonishing that this is also my present understanding as well. - arclein ]
[ there is no better explanation of dinosaurs than this from their perspective. Again they too saw fossils. - arclein ]
[ again the explanation of the evil of man as causation - arclein ]
[ Now this sounds like 'shinar' also used for Sumar or sumaria as we know it. It also reads like our biblical text except the water now come from above rather than the deep as in Genesis. - arclein]