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British Museum: Prototype for Noah's Ark was round
The Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jill Lawless

Posted on 01/25/2014 2:08:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.

But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow - the original Noah's Ark, new research suggests, was round.

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia - modern-day Iraq - reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah....

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: archaeology; beforenoah; beforethebible; bible; catastrophism; coracle; cuneiform; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; greatflood; irvingfinkel; noah; noahsark
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1 posted on 01/25/2014 2:08:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is gonna mess up Bill Cosby's Noah routine:

He'llhave to change from:

"Right ... what's a cubit?"

To:

"You're asking me if I know what Pi is, Lord? Of course I do - Pi 'R' round ..."

2 posted on 01/25/2014 2:22:38 AM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who knows what the shape of the ark was. God saved only 8 people. I wonder how many people were killed off. I have heard some people estimate as many as 150 million. Who knows for sure, but I think it was a large number. No one should ever say that God does not get a little hot under the collar once in a while. He does.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 2:23:12 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71 Msgt USAF, ret)
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To: Mark17
Not only does God get hot under the collar, but his Son does so as well.

Whenever I hear the phrase "What would Jesus do?" I recall a bull whip and overturned tables.

4 posted on 01/25/2014 2:37:28 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

5 posted on 01/25/2014 3:59:46 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Old bar bet:

How many animals of each kind did Noah take on the ark with him?

A) 0
B) 2
C) 7
D) 14
E) All the above


6 posted on 01/25/2014 4:07:05 AM PST by Boojum
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amazing that err they don’t realize who Moses is. Moses educated in the court of Pharaoh had access to much better documents. It is possible that there were people around who knew Shum Japheth and Ham who educated Moses.


7 posted on 01/25/2014 4:09:38 AM PST by the_daug
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I think the Bible gives dimensions which make it a kind of rectangular box.

A British engineer used the dimensions to build the Great Eastern in the 19th century, IIRC.

But it is noteworthy that almost all cultures worldwide have a Flood story, with the same general details (suggesting a common origin).


8 posted on 01/25/2014 4:10:10 AM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: the_daug

http://mobile.askmoses.com/article/679,2107657/Timeline-of-Jewish-History.html


9 posted on 01/25/2014 4:18:59 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Makes sense to me.

The Ark wasn’t built to navigate anything, just float. A round vessel would float very well. With no bow & stern, I would think the rocking motion would be minimized.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 4:24:32 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They might have used a replica of God’s haircut bowl....


11 posted on 01/25/2014 4:51:34 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Mister Da

The dimensions are in the bible, it wasn’t round, they can research all they like, but if they researched the source they’d quickly see how it was shaped.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 4:58:11 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: CondorFlight
I think the Bible gives dimensions which make it a kind of rectangular box.

It does. We have specific instructions in God's Word.

It will be 300 cubits long (137.16 m, 450 ft), 50 wide (22.86 m, 75 ft), and 30 high (13.716 m, 45 ft); it will have a roof "finished to a cubit upward", and an entrance on the side.

13 posted on 01/25/2014 5:00:20 AM PST by SkyPilot
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Considering Noah was before Abram(Abraham) and Abraham was Mesopotamian, I would say it’s a good bet Noah is a Mesopotamian story. The Gilgamesh connection is quite plausible to anyone who thinks.
A round ark? Considering how many fat, middle aged men enjoy the stability of floating in an inner tube in the pool with a drink in one hand and a cigar in the other, I would also say that’s additional evidence in support.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 5:04:28 AM PST by j.argese (Not anymore!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What does the Biblical text say?


15 posted on 01/25/2014 5:15:10 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Mark17
"Who knows what the shape of the ark was."

"This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, its height thirty cubits." Genesis 6:15

Length, breadth, height...those with a rudimentary understanding of geometry know what class of shapes are so defined. It is NOT circular, it is a rectangular solid.

We know this because God said so. And God incarnate (Jesus Christ) confirms in the NT the truth about Noah. The ark saved the faithful few, and when the son of man returns he will save the believing few then. (Matt 24:37ff, Luke 17:26ff)

16 posted on 01/25/2014 6:02:40 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"Back to work boys. Break time is over. Oh, and Irving Finkel has a small re-design
he wants to discuss so we may be a little late getting off work tonight."

17 posted on 01/25/2014 6:31:10 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SkyPilot

You need to reread the Bible. That ark is completely wrong. We’ve been tricked for decades by artists who mis-imaged the ark.

Noah’s ark is all black and tight as a drum. There isn’t an upper deck at all. It’s lit by a tsohar.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 6:35:03 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
You need to reread the Bible.

Let us do it together:

"14 Make yourself an ark of gofer-wood; you are to make the ark with rooms and cover it with pitch both outside and inside. 15 Here is how you are to build it: the length of the ark is to be 450 feet, its width seventy-five feet and its height forty-five feet. 16 You are to make an opening for daylight in the ark eighteen inches below its roof. Put a door in its side; and build it with lower, second and third decks."

Genesis 6: 14-16


19 posted on 01/25/2014 7:18:49 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: nonsporting
Length, breadth, height...those with a rudimentary understanding of geometry know what class of shapes are so defined. It is NOT circular, it is a rectangular solid.

Thank you. Why people wish to dispute this is beyond comprehension.

Maybe next we can debate if God really meant "2" when he said two of each kind of animal should enter the ark. Maybe He really meant "5"?

20 posted on 01/25/2014 7:21:13 AM PST by SkyPilot
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