The Bible’s Book of Genesis tells a gripping tale of God’s judgment upon mankind and His willingness to give humanity a fresh start. When humans defiled God’s creation with sin, He instructed Noah to construct a giant ark that would shelter him and all the land animals from a cataclysmic flood. Once the deluge was over, not only did Noah save himself and his family, but he established a new covenant with God in which He promised never again to wipe out the Earth with such floods. But what happened to Noah’s Ark after the flood?
According to Genesis 8:3-4, the great deluge ended after 150 days, after which the ark came to rest “upon the mountains of Ararat”.
This passage has fascinated explorers and archaeologists for decades as Ararat is a dormant volcano in Turkey.
And although many believe the flood never happened and Noah was not a real person, some experts are convinced there is ample evidence to back the Biblical narrative.
In particular, Tom Meyer, a professor of Bible studies as Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, believes some clues could lead to the ark’s discovery.
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Professor Meyer told Express.co.uk: “Epic, non-Biblical flood accounts from the Ancient Near East bear some resemblance to the record of Noah’s flood in the Bible.
“There is, however, for archaeologists one chief difference between these versions: the non-Biblical accounts give varying landing places for the ark in their renditions of the flood account such as Pir Omar Gudrun in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Zagros Mountain Range in Iran, but the Bible pinpoints the ark having landed on the Mountains of Ararat.
“A recent cracking of an ancient puzzle by Irving Finkel, the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian languages at the British Museum, collaborates the Bible’s record of the ark landing on Mount Ararat.”
According to Dr Finkel’s analysis of the evidence, the tablet’s final resting place is described in a 2,700-year-old Babylonian tablet.
“Though there hasn’t been confirmation of the physical evidences recovered from the mountain – wooden beams were claimed to have been found on the western side of the mountain in Parrot Glacier – nor has there been confirmation of the eye witness testimony of a local shepherd that swears to seeing a large wooden structure on the same western side of the mountain, the verification offered by the Simmonds Ark tablet comes as no surprise to Biblical scholars
“It is not unusual for the Bible to accurately advise archaeologists on what they will find and where.
“In this case, the Simmonds Ark Tablet, in collaboration with the earliest known map of the world, demonstrates that the Biblical basis for the ancient belief that Noah’s Ark is still waiting to be discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey is true and accurate.”
Of course, not all experts agree with the theory as no concrete evidence of the ark has ever been discovered.
Kenneth Feder, a professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University, argued: “As the flood story itself is unsupported by any archaeological evidence, it is not surprising that there is no archaeological evidence for the existence of an impossibly large boat dating to 5,000 years ago.”