Noah is distinguished from the “people of his time” by his up right character (i.e., “the only good man,” GNB). His piety and righteous courage became renowned in later times (Ezek 14:14, 20; Isa 54:9–10), and he was commonly associated with the virtue of godliness (Heb 11:7; 1 Pet 3:20), receiving the unique appellation “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet 2:5). Jewish literature celebrated Noah’s place in history as the paragon of righteousness (e.g., Sir 44:17; Jub. 5:19; Wis 10:4; 1 Enoch 67:1) and added to his reputation by fanciful stories about his birth (e.g., 1QapGen 2; 1 Enoch 106).
Mathews, K. A. Genesis 1-11:26. Vol. 1A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.