Darren Aronofsky's Noah has come and gone, but "Noah: Hollywood Midrash", a review by Biblical scholar Jack Collins deserves to be read just on the strength of its title:
"So while Noah does not adhere slavishly to the biblical narrative (which would make for a very short film), it does participate in a long tradition of Jews, Christians, and Muslims who reinterpreted and adapted the biblical narrative for their own times and, yes, often to advance a specific theological or political agendas. (Jubilees, for instance, was in part a polemic against the influence of Greek culture on the Jews.) Aronofsky’s version of the Noah story is keenly aware that traditions are living things that develop over time, and draws upon the Noah story--or stories--as they were actually being told and repeated by believers down through the centuries. "
You can find it here: http://www.worthless...od-midrash.html