Archive for March 20, 2014

Amazingly our understanding of the texts have been advanced in the last few months. Last year a cuneiform tablet was brought to the British Museum by a man who had been given it by his father, who had purchased it somewhere in the Middle East just after the second world war. He had had it in his possession for over 50 years and finally decided to try and find out what it was about.

Irving Finkel, curator at the British Museum with the tablet

Irving Finkel, curator at the British Museum with the tablet

It is a 61 line portion of a story, dating to 17-18 century BCE most likely a part of the Attrahasis epic which describes the instructions for building the ark. Previous to this little had been known of the Mesopotamian ark but this tablet describes a giant coracle or gufa 230ft in diameter with 20ft high walls made of palm fibre sealed with bitumen. This is thought to be a scaled up version of the boats that the Mesopotamians used to traverse the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. It also contains a reference to the animals and uses the cuniform word Sana ‘which can be translated as – in twos’

An artists impression of the type of bosts used on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers

An artists impression of the type of bosts used on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers

For further information
http://www.examiner.com/article/noah-s-ark-prequel-ancient-tablet-reveals-flood-an-ark-that-was-round-video
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10574119/Noahs-Ark-the-facts-behind-the-Flood.html