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Noah And The Flood

Submitted by on December 13, 2012 – 2:34 AM5 Comments | 711 views

There is not much from the bible that has attracted more interest or become more of a hinge point for the conflict between science and faith than the story of Noah. For good reason, if there had been a flood that swamped the entire earth there should be considerable evidence, and if we can find Viking ships and Roman ships on the bottom of the sea or buried in mounds, and prove that papyrus boats were capable of trans-oceanic travel, then a 450 foot long boat effectively dry-docked on top of a relatively arid mountain should have left some evidence of its existence.

Unfortunately that search has also attracted its fair share of frauds and hoaxes, and not as yet determined substantive results.

One theory has been growing, supported by archaeology and now new evidence lends that idea support.

From The Telegraph

Noah’s Ark Great Flood may have happened, says Robert Ballard

The Great Flood as featured in the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark may have happened, according to Robert Ballard, the underwater archaeologist who found the Titanic.


A replica of the Noah’s Ark built by Johan Huibers and located in Dordrecht, the Netherlands Photo: EPA

In an interview with ABC News’s Christiane Amanpour, Mr Ballard explains that he investigated a theory proposed by two scientists from Columbia University that there was a massive flood in the Black Sea region. They believe that the Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland until it was flooded by a torrent of water.

“We went in there to look for the flood,” he told ABC News. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed … The land that went under stayed under.”

Although they did not find the Ark, they found an ancient shoreline which Mr Ballard believes is proof such an event did take place. He believes that, by using carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, it took place around 5,000 BC.

“It probably was a bad day,” he said. “At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under.”

Most every ancient culture of the region have stories of a great flood. Rivers, lakes and oceans were the hubs of trade routes, and the heart of many economies so floods had a significant impact on cultural memories around which stories grew.

Here is a documentary which details some of the early research that leads to what is presented now.

A few people have suggested that the event of the flooding of the Black Sea basin lends some credibility to the idea of searching for Atlantis in that area as well. What the heck if we are looking there anyway?
No one thought Troy would ever be found either.

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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  • Valkyrie13

    Just looked at his wiki page, and wow-wee does that guy Robert Ballard have an impressive background. It reminds me that I should, like, do stuff, or whatever.

    It’s a bit of a let down though, so the Black Sea flooded, that’s not the whole entire world. I mean I’m sure it seemed like the whole world to the people in it, that’s a good chunk of land, but still.

    Also I remember in the first grade my school put on a play about Noah and the flood, I was only 6 but I knew it was super wrong for a public school to be doing a religious play.

  • Tom Ruffles

    He’s not saying that the flood was caused because it rained for forty days and forty night though, is he. This must have been some other flood entirely.

  • BW

    Predictable category of story given that Christmas is not too far off. Watch out for stories of archeological finds in the Holy Land — these usually hit in December.

    Cheers

  • The Oshmar

    Was there two sasquatch’s on the boat too? What about the chupacabra’s?

  • http://GhostTheory.com/ Henry

    The bible is far from specific in the ship’s manifest, however there were several human females and could very well have been at least one unidentified hominoid