… 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. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle - as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”
What a great story!
I’d read some years ago that the “gopher wood” of Genesis was not an actual wood, but a rendition of the Hebrew GFR, which would have been a translation of a kind of wickerwork used in boats along the Tigris and Euphrates.
Since Biblical life was based there until Abraham , this made a lot of sense. Amazing that evidence for the ark has been found on stone!
*"Finkel is aware his discovery may cause consternation among believers in the Biblical story. When 19th-century British Museum scholars first learned from cuneiform tablets that the Babylonians had a flood myth, they were disturbed by its striking similarities to the story of Noah.
“Already in 1872 people were writing about it in a worried way - What does it mean that Holy Writ appears on this piece of Weetabix?” he joked, referring to a cereal similar in shape to the tablet."*
I’ll bet he hasn’t a clue as to the reaction of some here!
Weetabix in 1872???