The seventh chapter of the book of Genesis describes how God made it rain to submerge the earth and annihilate all who lived in sin. Only the righteous Noah, who heeded God’s warning, was able to save himself, his family and all the living creatures of the Universal Flood by building a huge ark. While scholars agree that the Genesis flood story is based on sources from the Babylonian-Assyrian region (written sometime in the seventh or sixth century BC), the similarities between this and other stories of the Great Flood are more difficult to explain.
According to recent research, there are over 250 stories related to major floods in cultures around the world, sent by a deity or a group of deities. And interestingly, all of them were considered a divine act because of the deficiencies of humanity. We find the Great Flood in Sumerian writings, in Hindu, Greek, Norse mythology or in the Celtic tradition, in which it was detailed how the sky lay on the Earth, suffocating its people in the darkness.(Mount Ararat)
Interestingly, such flood narratives often represent a change in the history of the civilizations that suffered them. For many, all of these writings are biblical stories, simple fairy tales. But others say that the Great Flood actually happened, indeed, Noah’s Ark existed and the remains are at a certain point on our planet. In Genesis 8: 4 it is described how the Ark settled in the “mountains of Ararat” after 150 days. Professor Raul Esperante, from the Geoscientific Research Institute in California, says the remains of the big ship are on Mount Ararat, the highest peak in Turkey.
Noah’s Ark existed
Noah’s Ark could soon be discovered, or at least that’s what a group of researchers believe. In 2010, a team of evangelical Christian researchers claimed to have found traces of the biblical ship on Mount Ararat. But his research was rejected by the scientific community that said it “lacked real evidence.”
But now, Professor Raul Esperante says there is new evidence that the great ark ran aground on Mount Ararat . More than 100 researchers from around the world have gathered as part of a three-day international symposium called “Mount Ararat and the Ark of Noah” in the province of Ağrı, Turkey, in search of the remains of the ark.(Mount Ararat)
“My purpose is to visit the sites around the mountain to find clues about catastrophic events in the past,” said Professor Raúl Esperante.
The Institute of Geoscientific Research is funded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant or evangelical Christian denomination. On its website it states that the mission of the institute is “to discover and share an understanding of nature and its relation to the biblical revelation of the Creator God”.
In 2010, a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical researchers conducted an expedition to explore Mount Ararat to find the remains of the great ship. After a few weeks, they signed to have found remains of wood from what appeared to be a structure about 4,000 meters high on the mountain. The experts said that they carried out the radiocarbon dating in the wood, which showed that it was approximately 4,800 years old, which coincides at the time when the Ark was built.(Mount Ararat)
The large vessel measured “300 cubits, by 50 cubits, by 30 cubits”, which translates to 156 meters long, 26 meters wide and 15 meters high. Professor Esperante is convinced that this is true and provides a more “rigorous and serious” scientific work in the area and has urged the scientific community to make an investment for a full investigation.
“The results of my findings will be published in books, newspapers and magazines, but at this point it is too early to know what we are going to find,” said Professor Esperante. “Once the scientific community knows about the existence of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat, we can make it available to the general public.”
And what does the scientific community say?
However, Nicholas Purcell, professor of ancient history at the University of Oxford, told the British newspaper Daily Mail Online that Esperante’s claim is nonsense.
“If the waters of the flood covered Eurasia at 3,700 meters in depth in 2,800 BC, how did the complex societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia, already many centuries old, remain independent?”Said Professor Purcell.(Mount Ararat)
For his part, British archaeologist Mike Pitt said evangelical researchers had yet to offer convincing evidence.
“If there had been a flood capable of lifting a large ship 4 kilometers from the mountain 4,800 years ago, I think there would be substantial geological evidence for this flooding around the world, and there is not, ” Pitt explained.
But, although it seems incredible, not all scientists are skeptical of the existence of Noah’s Ark. Dr. Oktay Belli, a professor at the University of Istanbul, acknowledged that both Noah’s Ark and the Flood is not just a myth but a real incident mentioned in all the sacred books.
As we can see, the scientific community is divided by the existence of Noah’s Ark, and if we finally found evidence of its existence, it would undoubtedly change our understanding of our history and provoke a tsunami in the world of science.
Do you think that Noah’s Ark really existed? Are the remains found on Mount Ararat? Or is the biblical story just that, a simple fairy tale?(Mount Ararat)