You know all about the Ark Encounter project, which is proposed by a company controlled by Answers in Genesis (AIG). AIG is the on-line ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. It also owns and operates the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
And you also know about Ken Ham’s “Ark Encounter” Bonds, which are being issued to finance the proposed Ark project. But if you visit the Ark Encounter website, you’ll learn that ol’ Hambo is planning to spend those millions (assuming the bonds are sold) on building a replica which he assumes will look like the original — if it ever existed.
But look what we just found in London’s Daily Mail: Was Noah’s Ark round? Scholar says 3,700-year-old clay tablet reveals boat was a coracle made out of reeds and bitumen. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Noah’s Ark is often depicted as a pointy-prowed traditional ship. But new research suggests it was very different from popular imagining, and was actually a circular craft made out of reeds.
Dr Irving Finkel reveals his ground-breaking discovery into the ancient myth in his new book called The Ark Before Noah: Decoding The Story Of The Flood.
Here’s a link to the book at Amazon. It won’t be released for another month. Back to the news story:
As an expert in deciphering cuneiform script, Dr Finkel managed to piece together information on the ark from a 3,700-year-old clay tablet.
Wikipedia’s brief entry on Irving Finkel says he’s a curator at the British Museum and he specializes in the cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia. Let’s read on:
His translation of the ancient text throws light on the Mesopotamian story, which became the account in Genesis in the Old Testament, of Noah and the ark that saved his menagerie from the flood waters which drowned every other living thing on earth. The text describes god speaking to Atram-Hasis, a Sumerian king who is the Noah figure in earlier versions of the ark story.
He says: ‘Wall, wall! Reed wall, reed wall! Atram-Hasis, pay heed to my advice, that you may live forever! Destroy your house, build a boat; despise possessions And save life! Draw out the boat that you will built with a circular design; Let its length and breadth be the same.’ The ancient Babylonian text describes the ark as a round 220-ft diameter coracle with walls 20-ft high.
Noah’s coracle? Wikipedia has an article with some pictures about the coracle style of boat. If Dr. Finkel is right, then Hambo is hoping to use $62 million from bond sales to build the wrong design. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The news story continues:
According to the tablet, the ark had two levels and a roof on the top. The craft was divided into sections to divide the various animals into their own sections. The 60 lines of text, which Dr Finkel describes as a ‘detailed construction manual for building an ark’, claims the craft was built using ropes and reeds before being smeared with bitumen to make it waterproof.
Poor ol’ Hambo. Here’s one more excerpt:
‘In all the images ever made people assumed the ark was, in effect, an ocean-going boat, with a pointed stem and stern for riding the waves – so that is how they portrayed it,’ said Finkel. ‘But the ark didn’t have to go anywhere, it just had to float, and the instructions are for a type of craft which they knew very well. It’s still sometimes used in Iran and Iraq today, a type of round coracle which they would have known exactly how to use to transport animals across a river or floods.’
So there you are. This confusion over the Ark’s geometry reminds us of an old joke: Somewhere in the Deep South, a teacher goes to the blackboard, writes the well-known formula for the area of a circle (πr2) , and announces to her class: “Pi r squared.” Little Johnny raises his hand, is called on, and says: “You’re wrong, teacher. Pie are round! Cornbread are square!” (Well, we thought it was funny.)
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