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Noah's Ark 'Was a Massive Double-Decker Coracle'
International Business Times ^ | 15 Dec 2013 | Fiona Keating

Posted on 12/16/2013 10:52:52 AM PST by Theoria

New evidence suggests that Noah's Ark was round, made from reeds and the length of six double-decker buses.

For years, archaeologists have scoured the world for factual evidence for the Bible story of Noah's flood, but due to scant documentation, many believe the fable to be an Old Testament myth.

Now, however, a new book claims that Noah's Ark was a round coracle and looked very different from its traditional image.

In The Ark Before: Decoding the Story of the Flood by Irving Finkel, there are claims that the vessel had two decks with cabins for the animals.

British Museum expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on a 4,000-year-old piece of clay enabled a new interpretation of the Noah's Ark myth.

The evidence comes from a 4,700-year-old tablet of clay covered in cuneiform writing, which contains "detailed instruction manual for building an ark," says Finkel, an assistant keeper of the ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures department at the British Museum.

Finkel, an expert in deciphering ancient cuneiform script, discovered the text contained instructions for building a round coracle 65 metres in diameter, with walls six metres high. It was apparently made from ropes and rushes waterproofed with bitumen, and the animals were loaded "two by two", according to the Sunday Times.

The tablet was originally found in the Middle East by Leonard Simmons, who served in the RAF from 1945-48. However, the ancient artefact wasn't subject to any research until Simmons's son Douglas took it to the British Museum in 2008.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ark; beforenoah; beforethebible; catastrophism; coracle; cuneiform; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; greatflood; irvingfinkel; noah; noahsark; reed
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1 posted on 12/16/2013 10:52:53 AM PST by Theoria
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To: SunkenCiv

Reeds...float....ping


2 posted on 12/16/2013 10:53:21 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Theoria

Noah’s Ark is a story to scare followers


3 posted on 12/16/2013 10:54:44 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: Theoria
Relic reveals Noah's ark was circular[2010]
4 posted on 12/16/2013 10:56:07 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Theoria

Kon Tiki!!!


5 posted on 12/16/2013 10:56:15 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Theoria
The evidence comes from a 4,700-year-old tablet of clay covered in cuneiform writing, which contains "detailed instruction manual for building an ark,"

I will stick with the detailed instructions described in the Book that God gave to us.

Genesis 6:14-16 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

6 posted on 12/16/2013 10:58:16 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: molson209

Ya....everyone knows there are no consequences for their behavior!


7 posted on 12/16/2013 10:58:51 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: molson209

So, you’re going with the “we descended from apes” thing?


8 posted on 12/16/2013 11:00:37 AM PST by BipolarBob
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To: molson209

“Noah’s Ark is a story to scare followers”

Never scared me. Never scared anyone that I know of. Maybe you scare easy?


9 posted on 12/16/2013 11:01:13 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: molson209
Noah’s Ark is a story to scare followers

...and yet every major culture has a Flood myth.

Like it was a common part of everyone's oral tradition or something.

10 posted on 12/16/2013 11:01:22 AM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: El Cid

Good point,

Thanks,
el cid.
why get caught chasing down a dream?


11 posted on 12/16/2013 11:02:40 AM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Theoria

Or, Noah’s Coracle Was a Massive Double-Decker Ark.


12 posted on 12/16/2013 11:04:16 AM PST by Rennes Templar (If you like your disease, you can keep it.)
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To: Theoria

I love how some people still try to pawn off the flood as a mere story, an allegory. If the flood was a fable then why is there fossilized evidence of sea life all along the top of the Himalayas, including at the Mt. Everest? Why have marine life, such as entire whale skeletons been uncovered in the middle of the desert?

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.


13 posted on 12/16/2013 11:05:17 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: El Cid
Rigggghhhht.





What's a cubit?

14 posted on 12/16/2013 11:06:56 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Oberon
Noah’s Ark is a story to scare followers ...and yet every major culture has a Flood myth.

And it worked. In those days "Noah moved with fear in preparing the ark" and those who shinned on the story drowned.

15 posted on 12/16/2013 11:07:10 AM PST by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: molson209
Noah’s Ark is a story to scare followers

Odd that over 100 cultures scattered throughout the World (Australia, the South Pacific, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc) have a similar story: Mankind wiped out due to a flood, with only a handful of people surviving on a boat/ark/log.

It is a story based on fact. And given that the promise after-wards was that the world would never again be destroyed in a Flood (Genesis 8:21b And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done)-- what is the 'scare' aspect?

'Hell' is the story that you may have wanted to reference as a scare tactic. In this case, reasonably based fear (e.g., 'I am afraid to jump in that blazing fire. It might hurt a bit').

16 posted on 12/16/2013 11:07:53 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Length between a man’s bird finger and his elbow


17 posted on 12/16/2013 11:10:06 AM PST by Sybeck1
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To: IYAS9YAS
What's a cubit?

Does it matter?
Do you plan on building an Ark? Our Ark is the Lord Jesus Christ -- you need to be in Him if you want to be safe.

Most people estimate a cubit at one and half feet - but no one knows for sure.

18 posted on 12/16/2013 11:10:07 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Classic Bill Cosby. :-)


19 posted on 12/16/2013 11:10:23 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (I'm a constitutionalist, not a libertarian. Huge difference.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

How long can you tread water?


20 posted on 12/16/2013 11:13:10 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: El Cid

He was quoting Bill Cosby. It’s okay.


21 posted on 12/16/2013 11:13:59 AM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: Obadiah

it strikes me as rather matter of fact that there would be MANY so called myths about the REAL FLOOD..and yet....those who need to dismiss the Biblical account seem to miss that every time they go on about it


22 posted on 12/16/2013 11:15:23 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: IYAS9YAS; Constitutionalist Conservative; El Cid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bputeFGXEjA


23 posted on 12/16/2013 11:16:31 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Obadiah
why is there fossilized evidence of sea life all along the top of the Himalayas, including at the Mt. Everest?

Because the rocks presently at the top of the Himalayas were underwater for various periods till the Indian tectonic plate drove under the Eurasian plate, pushing up the Himalayas?

They're still going up, BTW. About 5 mm a year, or about 16 feet per century.

24 posted on 12/16/2013 11:16:36 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Theoria

Just remember that Noah saved the animals so we could keep eating meat later.


25 posted on 12/16/2013 11:18:01 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: mountn man; IYAS9YAS; Constitutionalist Conservative; El Cid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlmIeH7DT_w

the original


26 posted on 12/16/2013 11:20:32 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: GeronL

Noah. The original prepper.


27 posted on 12/16/2013 11:21:49 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Obadiah

You’re kidding, right? Google “Nicolas Steno”. Better yet, read “The Seashell on the Mountaintop”.


28 posted on 12/16/2013 11:22:25 AM PST by stormer
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To: GeronL

Interesting point - eating meat wasn’t “allowed” until AFTER the flood...


29 posted on 12/16/2013 11:23:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

2 of every animal... so they make meat babies


30 posted on 12/16/2013 11:24:49 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Theoria

Very true!


31 posted on 12/16/2013 11:24:58 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: El Cid

Whenever I go into Home Depot and ask for a fifty cubit tape measure, they just look at me funny.


32 posted on 12/16/2013 11:25:24 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: G Larry
everyone knows there are no consequences for their behavior

That sounds familiar...

Oh, yeah... liberals. And Satan.

you will not surely die

33 posted on 12/16/2013 11:25:28 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Theoria

I;ve always given credence to the idea that the breach of the bosporus at the end of the last ice age (possibly in reaction to the collapse of the land bridge connecting britain and france) and the subsequent inrushing of water into the Black Sea basin was a pretty good basis for the origins of the biblical flood story, that has so many resonances around the mythologies of the ancient world. For better or worse, the Bible does attempt to be a history of the world, and over the tellings of millenia, details will have changed, but the physical evidence for massive movements of water courses when the ice age ended are really strong.


34 posted on 12/16/2013 11:26:06 AM PST by babble-on
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To: Oberon; IYAS9YAS
He was quoting Bill Cosby. It’s okay.

That goes waaay back... I vaguely recall that skit from the mid-1960s (I think). After re-reading the post -- it does sound like Cosby.

35 posted on 12/16/2013 11:27:49 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: MrB

I don’t think that’s true


36 posted on 12/16/2013 11:29:47 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: GeronL

37 posted on 12/16/2013 11:32:55 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: babble-on
We find cool stuff all the time.

Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor

38 posted on 12/16/2013 11:33:01 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Oberon
We have real floods. The tsunamis of the last few years are no different than those of thousands of years ago. There is nothing new.

As far as Noah's ark....apparently Noah didn't survive. No Noah = no one to tell the story.

39 posted on 12/16/2013 11:33:08 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: ShadowAce
Genesis 9
3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

In the previous verse, God tells Noah that the animals will now fear man, also implying that they didn't before.

You can eat them now, but I'm not going to make it easy!

40 posted on 12/16/2013 11:34:53 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: molson209

How did a Christian mocking, Hillary Clinton lover wind up on Free Republic?


41 posted on 12/16/2013 11:35:13 AM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: GeronL

and bacon and eggs...


42 posted on 12/16/2013 11:35:42 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: mountn man

rofl

so so true


43 posted on 12/16/2013 11:35:43 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Oberon

The Mediterranean Sea filling back up was a big flood.


44 posted on 12/16/2013 11:36:33 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Theoria

The Flood story is repeated across many civilizations, and the Mediterranean was once a lowland that flooded as sea levels rose. I can see the basic story being true, I think the guy was a prepper and took farm animals on the boat...when all you see is water on the horizon, to you the whole world IS flooded, but really you’re just the first cruise ship on the Mediterranean.


45 posted on 12/16/2013 11:39:26 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: Sacajaweau

did Noah also save all the veggies?


46 posted on 12/16/2013 11:40:10 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: MrB

I was thinking that the animals deemed “clean” that were brought on the earth were also for food. That is, people were eating animals before the flood. That was why Noah brought seven of those kinds on board with him.


47 posted on 12/16/2013 11:45:24 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Have ya looked in the bottom of the ark? Who’s gonna clean up that mess down there???


48 posted on 12/16/2013 11:47:33 AM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: Theoria
I don't know about that but this place seems biblically accurate!

You must read and watch the videos. The story of Ron's live and how he was let to discover not just the ARK but many other biblical archaeological sites is truly amazing!

wyattmuseum.com

49 posted on 12/16/2013 11:47:44 AM PST by bayliving
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To: Theoria

Never mind the size of the Ark - how did he keep the animals from killing each other & the humans? And where did the waste go? That must have been a full-time job right there.


50 posted on 12/16/2013 11:47:55 AM PST by gdani (Excessive consumerism threatens Christmas more than someone wishing me "Happy Holidays")
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