Irving Finkel, British Museum curator and author of “The Ark Before Noah,” has found a 4,000-year-old tablet that describes the materials and measurements for building Noah’s Ark.
It also describes the Ark in a way never before conceived by archaeologists—as round.
Finkel writes in a museum blog post of his discovery. Douglas Simmonds had approached him at the museum with a tablet given to him by his father. His father had picked up some artifacts from Egypt and China after the war in the late 1940s.
The tablet “turned out to be one in a million,” said Finkel. Dating from 1750 B.C., it tells the Babylonian “Story of the Flood.” The Babylonian story, and its similarities to the story recounted in the Book of Genesis, were already known, but this table “has startling new contents,” Finkel said.
He lists off some of the materials a God told the Babylonian Noah to use for his ark: “Quantities of palm-fibre rope, wooden ribs and bathfuls of hot bitumen to waterproof the finished vessel … The amount of rope prescribed, stretched out in a line, would reach from London to Edinburgh!”
The ark would have had an area of about 2.2 miles squared (3.6 kilometers squared)—about the size of one and a half football fields—with walls 20 feet high.
The remains of what are thought to be a couple who disappeared in Switzerland in 1942. The remains were found on Tsanfleuron glacier on July 13, 2017, (Courtesy of Glacier 3000)
Buried in Turkey?
Conclusive evidence of the existence of Noah’s Ark has eluded ark hunters since time immemorial.
The Bible says the vessel made landfall on the “mountains of Ararat” in Turkey after 150 days in the water.
A group of explorers affiliated with NAMI, a Hong Kong-based evangelical Christian group, said in 2010 that on Mount Ararat, Turkey, they had found traces of the ancient ship.
Their claims, however, met with a stiff challenge from the broader scientific community.
But a California-based ark hunter now believes there is evidence that the vessel and its occupants did indeed come aground on Mount Ararat, the Daily Mail reported.
Life-Sized Replica Built
A Dutch carpenter built a replica of Noah’s Ark said he’s going to sail it to Israel.
Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat features wooden animals and was constructed about six years ago for $1.6 million, and it’s currently an attraction in Dordrecht in the Netherlands.
“My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
The wooden vessel is 390 feet in length and is 75 feet in height.
“The only live animals on the ship are in the petting zoo which lets visitors interact with … dogs, ponies, and sheep,” says Atlas Obscura.
“I love the land, I love the country, I love the people,” Huibers said of Israel. “They don’t obey, they do what they want, they drive like mad, shove while waiting in line and don’t listen to anyone. Just like me.”
By Epoch Times’ Tara MacIsaac, Tom Ozimek, and Jack Phillips