Was Noah’s Ark round? Scholar says 3,700-year-old clay tablet reveals boat was round
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 In The Ark Before Noah: Decoding The Story Of The Flood.
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.
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.
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