Evidence from science, evidence from reason – a non-fictional Noah!
Older movies had always portrayed the Noah epic as true but never in an entirely believable way. It had been unsupported technically and seemed more like a fable than a true story. More recently, the film industry has portrayed the Noah epic as a complete fiction. To turn the tide requires new clarity and new evidence.
The flood of Noah in Genesis Chapter 6 is at the end of the biblical stories about human origins. By design, the flood had culled all unwanted life globally. All are descendants of the original flood survivors. All are descendants of Noah and as such, all are descendants of Adam. Where and how did Noah build his ship? What caused the flood? Where did the ship end up at the flood’s end?
There are a few widely circulated misunderstandings about the flood. They stem from biblical misinterpretations preached over many centuries. Eliminating the misunderstandings renders the story completely plausible and believable to all- it eliminates the mythology.
To discover the remains of Noah’s ship, it is helpful to know where it he built it. To discover where he built it, it is helpful to know what to look for as evidence of what was by any measure a massive endeavor. A lifetime of shipbuilding expertise and technical study is applied to the biblical account of Noah’s flood with good result.
The location of Noah’s shipyard explains a great deal about the global deluge. As recorded by Moses, the biblical wording of the event specifies the flood’s level as 15 cubits. If one knows the ship’s construction site and the flood’s ultimate level at that site, the ship’s final resting place becomes a matter of deduction.
Noah’s ship did not land at frozen altitudes. At altitudes not perpetually frozen, one should not expect an ancient wooden ship to have survived intact much more than a few hundred years; even pitch-covered lumber eventually rots away to dust. However, the location of Noah’s shipyard is known, evidence exists as to a biblically specified flood level, and Noah’s journey ended in Mt Ararat at about two kilometers above sea level.
To grasp the authenticity of the Noah flood account, it must include construction methods and a shipbuilding site. One should expect Noah had a wealth of help from his relatives. First, he needed a ship design and a suitably solid foundation for the ship’s construction. Next he needed a great deal of lumber, pitch, fasteners, rope, and finally, he needed food provisions for his family and for all animals that would be transported on the ship- enough for about a year. Finally, there should be adequate technical evidence that such a flood could and did occur.
How did the flood occur? God is said to have caused the flood yet a little modern science demonstrates how he may have done it- not creation science mind you.
Although the focus will be on the biblical account, consistent with the occurrence of a real event, there are varied accounts of a flood in virtually every civilization. However, if convinced that the creation story of Genesis Chapter 1 is mythology then the reader likely believes Noah’s flood is just more of the same. A literal decoding of Genesis beginning with its creation story and completely supported by all of science provides tremendous insight into all other biblical stories. Insight is borrowed from the book GENESIS DECODED1 to improve the discussion of Noah’s Flood herein in just such a way.
To establish Noah’s source of technological knowhow and his access to a labor force, Cain, and Cain’s descendants are covered. In addition, the origin of Cain’s wife is telling about the four wives that survived the flood. Coverage of Cain and his offspring sets the stage for the flood of Noah. Therefore, Cain and Cain’s descendants are covered first in this discussion of Noah’s epic flood.
The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is used throughout. The book of Genesis in KJV is a direct translation from the Masoretic Text and it predates influence by modern science and modern religion. It is also considered the only valid translation by many who are fundamentalists; those same fundamentalists who are often avidly anti science.
Noah’s flood has proven consistent with all of modern science; and proves consistent with modern shipbuilding reason. Those who have retained old beliefs in the Noah story may be interested to see how just a few misunderstandings can convert any true story into a truly mythological one.
Although, wise people are grateful when proven wrong, others are insulted and even angered by information contrary to their existing beliefs. It is hoped that gratitude prevails.
1.1 The End Result Of This Book
After reading this book, expect an understanding of the literal biblical Noah flood account that is simple yet in complete and profound agreement with modern science. This analysis is extensive and covers, with modern science and with shipbuilding expertise, every discernible detail in the Noah flood story. Understanding Noah’s flood does not require mysticism. This book considers only that which the literal wording of the Bible describes, and only in the bright lights of science.
The sites of the construction of Noah’s ship, its final resting place, and ancient memorials to Noah’s family complete with human bones are located. Comfortably within the story’s literal wording, and comfortably within modern science, technical reason supports the entire event.
1 Akridge, M.; Genesis Decoded; genesisdecoded.com; Shows technical agreement of literal biblical creation and all of modern science- not creation science.