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.

Noahs Ark Was Noahs Ark round? Scholar says 3,700 year old clay tablet reveals boat was round

New revelation: According to an ancient Babylonian tablet, Noah’s Ark was a 220-ft wide coracle – the equivalent of six London buses – with walls 20-ft high

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.

noahs ark painting Was Noahs Ark round? Scholar says 3,700 year old clay tablet reveals boat was round

Noah’s Ark is typically portrayed at a traditional ship, such as in this Italian mid-16th century painting

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