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Hollywood resurrects Noah's Ark, but did they get it right?

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The new film Noah starring Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to collect pairs of animals on Earth and gather them into a massive ark has just hit cinemas around the world. But has Hollywood got it right? 

The movie features a great rectangular-shaped vessel some 50 feet tall and 500 feet long and made of wood. According to film director, Darren Aronofsky, the inspiration for the design came by "going back to what God tells Noah in the Bible". The problem is that Aronofsky may have been using the wrong instruction manual when designing the Biblical blockbuster.  

Last year, translation of an ancient instruction manual for building an ark written on a clay tablet dating back 3,700 years turned the common depiction of Noah's Ark on its head. Far from describing a traditional wooden ship that would float on flood waters with animals peering out through the windows, the ancient text described a ship that was in fact a circular disc shape.

A traditional depiction of Noah's Ark as a typical wooden ship.

For years, archaeologists have scoured the world for factual evidence for the Bible story of Noah's flood, but due to lack of scientific proof, many believe the story to be an Old Testament myth.

However, linguistic expert Dr Irving Finkel firmly believes that Noah’s Ark and the ‘flood myth’ describe real events that took place, and he bases this belief not on faith, but on archaeological evidence coming from a 3,700-year-old clay tablet. The tablet was found in the Middle East by Leonard Simmons, who served in the RAF during the 1940s. However, the ancient artefact wasn't subject to any research until Simmons's son Douglas took it to the British Museum in 2008.

As an expert in deciphering cuneiform script and assistant keeper of the ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures department at the British Museum, Finkel was able to translate the text on the clay tablet, leading to a new interpretation of the ark story.

The tablet described a Mesopotamian story, which became the account in Genesis in the Old Testament, of Noah and the ark that saved every animal species from the flood waters.  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 build with a circular design; Let its length and breadth be the same.'

The ancient Babylonian text describes the ark as a round 65-metre diameter coracle with walls 6 metre high, spread over two levels. The craft was divided into sections to divide the various animals into their own sections. The 60 lines of text, which Dr Finkel describes as a “detailed construction manual for building an ark”, claims the craft was built using ropes and reeds before being smeared with bitumen to make it waterproof.

An ancient clay tablet describes an ark that is circular in shape. Image source .

Scholars have always assumed that the ark was an ocean-going boat with a pointed stem and stern for riding the waves, but according to Finkel, the ark didn’t have to go anywhere, it just had to float.

The story of Noah’s ark is described in dozens of ancient texts and is told in three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  According to the story, God flooded the world as punishment for its corruption and told Noah to build an ark and fill it with a male and female of every breed of animal. Once the flood receded, the ark came to rest on a mountain. Many people believe that the story is historically accurate and that this mountain was Mount Ararat in Turkey, the region's highest point. Other's believe that the flood myth was simply a creative story passed down from generation to generation.

Featured image: Noah's Ark under construction in the new film 'Noah'. Photo credit: Paramount 

By April Holloway

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Sumerians and the term Sumer was a term that was originated and created and given as the name of that land (to label that geographical area) by outside races and\or tribes hundreds (if not thousands) of years after the fact. However, the actual people of Sumer and Sumerians themselves, of which we refer to as the Ancients, weren't really a race called Sumerians. As I said, the term Sumerian was given to these people by outsiders. These Sumerians in actuality were Armenians, that migrated south from the Armenian Highlands (modern day Eastern Turkey/Armenia/Western Azerbaijan).

Why? It is true the Sumerian scriptures can be translated into modern languages. But, the sole primer (ie language to use) that is the most identical and relevant language that can successfully and FULLY decipher the Sumerian scriptures is the Armenian language. Read Armen Davtyan or watch his interviews on YT if you can understand Armenian.

The name Enki is a variation of the Armenian God/founder Hayk (modern), Ea, Hya, Haig, Hayki, Haldi, Haigi, Engi, Enki. The name Oanness is a name that is still used today, spelling variations include: Ogannes, Hovannes, Oannes.

An example of term usage in Sumerian scripture:

Sumerians wrote or drew actually symbols or pictures of things in order to communicate. For example, They wanted to write/draw "wind." That's pretty impractical to try and draw wind, so they drew a sieve. The word sieve in Armenian is KAMICH. When the CH is dropped, it is KAMI, which means wind. Now in the context this term was used, it was completely irrelevant to use the word KAMICH, but when CH is dropped to form the word KAMI (wind), the context made sense.

Sumerians were NOT semites, of no connection to any Abrahamic gods or bloodlines, that is pure Jewish Zionist propaganda. There is a reason, that Armenia is called the Cradle of Civilization. There is a reason the bible places the Garden of Eden in Armenia. There is a reason that Noah's Ark supposedly landed on Mt. Ararat. Another example, Adam and Eve. They are Armenian allegories. Adamu/Aramu/Aram was the name of the Armenian God. The founder of the race/land etc. Heba, the Armenian goddess of water/fertility, is the origin of Eve. Heba\Heva\Eva\Eve. Why is the goddess of water Heba relevant? The land of the Armenian Highlands (the Cradle of Civilization, where human civilization began), starting from the melting snowcaps of Mt. Ararat form and and then divide into two giant rivers called the Tigris and Euphrates which fertilized the land and also Mesopotamia (Fertile Crescent). See the allegory? You have Adam (Adamu/Aramu/Aram) the almighty Creator and you have Eve (Eva\Heva\Heba) the goddess of water and fertility. Water sustains life, Tigris and Euphrates rivers sustained life, agriculture, harvesting, farming, animal breeding, etc. The Bible is one big allegory of ancient historical events and figures, with some changes along the way to better suit the the people of the time that used them, ie Old Testament. The story of Jesus, is an identical parallel to that of Mher\Mithra\Mithraism (Armenian god\religion NOT Persian) predating Christianity by hundreds and thousands of years.

I agree with your comments after this rather un-learned article. Enki, Enlil, Oannes have all been well established by other translators of the summering clay tablets of that ancient period. I do however personally entertain the notional theory that the large ship-shaped object found just south or Mt.Ararat and the subsequent finds of gigantic anchor stones and a farmhouse with attendant altar stone up on the flank of the nearby mountain could have been 'reverse engineered' into the Old Testament histories when someone wanted to prove the veracity of their verbal histories decended from Summer.

This argument misses the point by a country mile. The entity in question giving directions was ENKI. The entity opposed to informing the humans of the upcoming tsunami was ENLIL. They were half brothers, and at loggerheads over most issues. Enki had made man as a hybrid between his own DNA and the DNA of the current inhabitant of the time (probably homo erectus) and did not want to see his creation destroyed. He knew that the incoming asteroid would create a massive tsunami, and that a coracle type boat would survive best. The boat with Atram-Hasis (Ziusudra, Utnapishtim) survived the tsunami, which carried it all the way to the north into Armenia, where it grounded. Berossus reports that the remains of the boat were still visible in the Corcyrean Mountains of Armenia in his day. This resolves the problems of Genesis, where God both creates and detroys. In the Sumerian original, there is no conflict, since it is two different entities with different goals.

Why is it always my God your God this God that God ......... the fact that this tablet was found and we can see what it says. 

Dude, the Epic of Gilgamesh predates the writing of the Old Testament, by a long time. If any document/story is a retelling or distant echo, it is the OT Noah story. Much of the OT is just a later rehashing of all kinds of Egyptian, Sumerian, or Babylonian myths. Remember, Abraham was of Ur, a Sumerian city, before he was ever a "Israelite" or "Hebrew."

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