The brief history of Noah's ark

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The brief history of Noah's ark

In Abrahamic religions, Noah was the tenth and last of the pre-Flood Patriarchs. The story of Noah's Ark is told in the Bible's Genesis flood narrative. The biblical account is followed by the story of the Curse of Ham. Noah is mentioned in the Old Testament in the First Book of Chronicles. Noah was the subject of much elaboration in the literature of later Abrahamic religions, including the Quran.

Noah's Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and a remnant of all the world's animals from a world-engulfing flood.

 

 

The book of Genesis narrates how God began to despair over the creation of humankind due to humanity becoming sinful and evil. Therefore, God decided to create an immense flood in order to destroy and cleanse the world. However, God chose a man named Noah due to his immaculate behavior, and He instructed him to build a boat or an ark. Once he completed the ark, he was to load it with a pair of every animal on earth along with his family. Joining them in the ark would be a select few creatures of every species (other than fish, that survived the Flood unscathed): two from every non-kosher animal, and seven of every kosher animal.

For the next forty days, God plunged the earth with devastating rains, causing the earth to be flooded for a whole year. Noah then released a dove and it never returned, meaning that it had found dry land. Once the water receded, the earth was restored and became once again fertile.

 

There is no scientific evidence or no confirmable physical proof of the ark has ever been found that Noah's Ark existed as it is described in the bible, nor is there evidence in the geologic record for the biblical global flood. But, believers in the Ark continue to search for it in modern times.

Accordingly, Noah's instructions are given to him by God (Genesis 6:14–16), the ark is to be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. It has a door in the side, and a Sohar, which may be either a roof or a skylight. These dimensions are based on a numerological preoccupation with the number sixty, the same number characterizing the vessel of the Babylonian flood-hero.

Its three internal divisions reflect the three-part universe. Each deck is the same height as the Temple in Jerusalem, itself a microcosmic model of the universe, and each is three times the area of the court of the tabernacle.

Some believe that the Bible's story of Noah's ark is based on older Mesopotamian models. Because all these flood stories deal with events that allegedly happened at the dawn of history.

 

The great explorer Marco Polo wrote around 1300 in his book The Travels of Marco Polo that "In the heart of Greater Armenia is a very high mountain shaped like a cube (or cup), on which Noah's ark is said to have rested, whence it is called the Mountain of Noah's Ark.

 

In 2010, an organization called Noah's Ark Ministries called a press conference in Hong Kong to announce that they had made one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Yeung Wing-Cheung claims he and his research team located the remains of Noah's Ark on Turkey's Mount Ararat.

Yeung says that wood samples taken from the site were carbon-dated to about 5,000 years ago and that he is 99 percent certain that it is Noah's Ark based on historical accounts, including the Bible and local beliefs of the people in the area, as well as carbon dating.

Yeung is not the first person to claim to have found the ark; in fact, Noah's Ark has been "discovered" at least a half-dozen times in the past 50 years. While many believe the story of Noah's Ark is merely a fable, some are convinced that everything in the Bible is literally true, and finding the Ark is merely a matter of time.

In June 2006, a team of archaeologists from a Christian organization found a rock formation in Iran that they claimed was Noah's Ark. They brought back pieces of stone they claim may be petrified wood beams, but once again the claims remained unproven and came to nothing.

Archeologists believe they found petrified animal dung, and cat fur said to be found from the remains of the Noah’s Ark.