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Noah's Ark in Iran?
Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) ^ | July 19, 2006 | Rick Lanser, M.Div.

Posted on 07/21/2006 10:13:22 AM PDT by Sopater

This article was first published in the July 2006 ABR Electronic Newsletter.

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. – Genesis 11:1–2 (KJV)


The Media Blitz

Since mid-June, 2006 there has been a flurry of reports in the media and on the Internet about the possible discovery of Noah's Ark on a mountain in northern Iran. Robert ("Bob") Cornuke, who has previously claimed to have found such notable things as the true Mount Sinai, the place of Paul's shipwreck off the coast of Malta, and the location of the Ark of the Covenant, has now focused on what is perhaps the biggest target of all, both literally and figuratively – Noah's Ark.

In brief, on a mountain known locally as Takht-e Suleiman in the Elborz range of northern Iran, Cornuke and his team found an "unusual object" at the 13,120-foot elevation which is currently (7/16/06) described on his website (http://www.baseinstitute.org/noah.html) as "dark rock with an uncanny beam-like appearance in several places," having a texture and color unique to the area, and of the approximate dimensions of Noah's Ark. Cornuke adds that some samples were tested by an independent lab and "showed signs of petrified wood," though what those signs were has not yet been announced, and these signs evidently did not apply to the entire object. There was additionally a second finding of wood near the summit that may be from a shrine, reportedly dated to 500 years old.

[snip] - cut to chase...

Conclusions

For the above and other reasons which space does not allow me to deal with, it appears that Bob Cornuke's "filters" have prevented him from dealing fairly with much information which does not fit into his "Ark in Iran" hypothesis. When such data is considered, it raises great doubt that he has found anything related to Noah's Ark on Takht-e Suleiman. I would love to see his find hold up to close scrutiny so it can be used as a witness to the world of the trustworthiness of the Bible, but if I – who, as a brother in Christ, am "on his team" – can come up with this many problems in identifying the find on Mount Suleiman with the Ark, we can be sure that an unfriendly, secular world full of dyed-in-the-wool skeptics will find many more reasons to reject it. The best I think he can hope for is that many will want to hear his story as an adventure tale – but that may be enough for him, an expected benefit of the aggressive promotion of the site at the beginning. I just hope that in view of the many problems that have come to light, he presents his audiences with the FULL story, warts and all.


TOPICS: Unclassified
KEYWORDS: 11000footpeak; ararat; ark; bobcornuke; cornuke; globalflood; godsgravesglyphs; hoax; iran; mountararat; noahsark; ntsa; postedinwrongforum; robertcornuke; takhtesuleiman
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Interesting Article if you've been following the Cornuke claim to have possibly discovered Noah's Ark.
1 posted on 07/21/2006 10:13:24 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater
Keyword: ARK

:o)

2 posted on 07/21/2006 10:14:24 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (My Pug is On Her War Footing (and moving to Texas!))
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To: Sopater

If it's in Iran, that means the last animals off the ark were the jackasses.


3 posted on 07/21/2006 10:14:44 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: K4Harty

Scratch my Post #2 - Different source, this one. The others are WVW, WND and NG.


4 posted on 07/21/2006 10:16:29 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (My Pug is On Her War Footing (and moving to Texas!))
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To: N. Theknow

When this was first posted, I knew it was too good to be true.

It seems as though every ten years, someone claims to have a photograph or something of the Arc. Then as with UFO sightings, there is not one piece of evidence. Not one nail, not one board...nothing...

Then you end up hearing about it on some hafl @ss documentary on Sundays during rain delays of ball games, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.


5 posted on 07/21/2006 10:19:35 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: nikos1121

What I am wondering right now is why the Ark had a door on each level.


6 posted on 07/21/2006 10:21:45 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Sopater

It was too good to be true when it was first announced. Nobody can come up with a plausible explanation of how the ark became petrified wood in 4000 years on the top of a mountain exposed to the elements.

It is completely impossible.


7 posted on 07/21/2006 10:23:10 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Sopater

Don't any of these guys own cameras?


8 posted on 07/21/2006 10:24:19 AM PDT by Rudder
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To: RightWhale

"What I am wondering right now is why the Ark had a door on each level."

Is there a joke here? I'm slow today.


9 posted on 07/21/2006 10:25:44 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

PING!


10 posted on 07/21/2006 10:27:56 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (They [liberals] aren't humans, but rather a species of hairless retarded ape.)
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To: nikos1121

How did gopherwood become square timbers?


11 posted on 07/21/2006 10:30:56 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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What I am wondering right now is why the Ark had a door on each level.

It would be easier than bringing animals onto the Ark and then trying to get them up and down the stairs...
12 posted on 07/21/2006 10:31:41 AM PDT by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: Sopater

The story of Noah's Ark is ridiculous. A handful of animals, free water life, plants and so forth were stored on an ark, and the water was taken away to an undisclosed location, and they speed migrated and speed evolved to their respective habitats in six thousand years........

Why grown-ups take this seriously is beyond me.


13 posted on 07/21/2006 10:34:51 AM PDT by JHBowden (A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. -- David Hume)
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To: Sopater

Every picture/drawing of the animal onloading shows a single gangplank and a single door. Why do the artists ignore the three doors requirement? Also, why did they apply bitumen on the inside?


14 posted on 07/21/2006 10:36:02 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: JHBowden

It's not to be taken literally but is in a form that has preserved a teaching complete. Problem is, the key is either lost or in the hands of someone who wants it kept out of public knowledge.


15 posted on 07/21/2006 10:38:20 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Sopater

Noah's Ark does not nor did it ever exist. It is fictional.


16 posted on 07/21/2006 10:39:37 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: Sopater

Noah's Ark does not nor did it ever exist. It is fictional.


17 posted on 07/21/2006 10:40:20 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: JHBowden
Why grown-ups take this seriously is beyond me.

You think that's strange, you should see the list of things that would have to have happened for evolutionism to be true. Some people will believe anything as long as it supports their worldview, attempts to explain the evidence, and presents some level of justification for their preferred behaviors.
18 posted on 07/21/2006 10:40:37 AM PDT by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: TruthWillWin
Noah's Ark does not nor did it ever exist. It is fictional.

Why, because you say so?
19 posted on 07/21/2006 10:41:51 AM PDT by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: TruthWillWin

Was Jesus fictional?


20 posted on 07/21/2006 10:42:36 AM PDT by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - OK?)
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