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Dead Seas Scrolls Reveal that Noah's Ark Was Shaped Like a Pyramid

Dead Seas Scrolls Reveal that Noah's Ark Was Shaped Like a Pyramid

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According to a reading from a newly digitized fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Noah's Ark was something different than what is currently believed. The 2,000-year-old text may be prove that the Ark was the shape of a pyramid.

Over 50 years ago, a stone thrown by a Bedouin shepherd into a cave led to what some have called the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The Bedouin heard the stone crack open an earthenware jar. Upon investigating, he found the first of what came to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. When all the scrolls and fragments were sorted out, they accounted for about 800 manuscripts. About one quarter, or just over 200 manuscripts, are copies of portions of the Hebrew Bible text.

Two scrolls from the Dead Sea Scrolls lie at their location in the Qumran Caves before being removed for scholarly examination by archaeologists.

Two scrolls from the Dead Sea Scrolls lie at their location in the Qumran Caves before being removed for scholarly examination by archaeologists. ( public domain )

Now, after almost five years, a laboratory established by the Israel Antiquities Authority as part of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library project, has scanned tens of thousands of fragments from the scrolls with a custom-made camera. Each fragment was photographed 28 times at high resolution using different wavelengths of light. The sophisticated technology enabled researchers to read letters and words that were previously illegible. Some of the newly-digitized fragments offered new interpretations of well-known Biblical stories.

Part of the scroll discussing judgment day, before being scanned.

Part of the scroll discussing judgment day, before being scanned. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority

Part of the scroll discussing judgement day after the scan.

Part of the scroll discussing judgement day after the scan. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority

New Fragments Deciphered

Haaretz reported that the new reading of the fragments has changed our understanding about Noah's Ark. Thanks to the high-resolution imagery, a word following the phrase “the ark’s tallness” had previously been illegible. However, the new scans showed that the correct words is ne’esefet, meaning “gathered,” which according to researcher Dr. Alexey Yuditsky, means that the ark’s ribs were gathered together at the top in the shape of a pyramid. Dr Yuditsky said that the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Bible dating to the third century BC, used a Greek verb with a similar meaning to describe the Ark. Moreover, medieval authors like Maimonides suggested that the ark's roof was pointed.

The newly deciphered words on the ancient parchments stayed hidden for centuries, but are now bringing answers to many long standing questions, as well as raising new ones. Previously, the story of Noah's Ark was known mainly from the Book of Genesis. However, the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran cave in the Judean Desert shed new light on this story.

Qumran cave 4 in the Judean Desert, where ninety percent of the scrolls were found

Qumran cave 4 in the Judean Desert, where ninety percent of the scrolls were found ( public domain )

Noah’s Ark – Not Just a Biblical Story

The Dead Sea Scrolls contain information about many controversial and fascinating topics from the past, the story of Noah and the legendary flood being just one of them. Christos Djonis, guest author of Ancient Origins, explained in his articles ''Evidence of The Great Flood – Real or a Myth? ''( part 1 and part 2 ), that the story of Noah is not just a Biblical account:

''The story of a “Great Flood” sent by God (or gods according to much earlier testimony) to destroy humanity for its sins is a widespread account shared by many religions and cultures around the world, and dates back to our earliest recorded history. From India to ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and even among North American Indian tribes, there is no shortage of such tales that often enough sound very much alike. Some of these stories truly sound so similar that one could wonder whether all cultures around the planet had experienced such an event (...)

Only after 7000 BC when the ocean levels finally began stabilizing, human life once more began to return to normal. Coastal sites no longer had to be abandoned for higher ground, at least for the most part, and between 6000 BC and 5000 BC, once more, we begin to see signs of human activity closer to the sea. Is it a mere coincidence that our “recorded” history happens to start around this time? Is it true that early humans were too primitive to leave traces of their existence behind, or the early pages of our history were “washed away” by the Great Flood of the last ice age? After all, it seems that as soon as the adverse climatic conditions receded, it did not take long for humans to thrive once again. ''

The panels of the elaborate door to the Baptistery in Florence by Lorenzo Ghiberti illustrate scenes from the Old Testament. One of the panels (left-hand-side, second from top) illustrates the life of Noah, in particular the period after the Great Flood when Noah returns to dry land with the help of God. Strangely, the Ark is depicted as a pyramid.

The panels of the elaborate door to the Baptistery in Florence by Lorenzo Ghiberti illustrate scenes from the Old Testament. One of the panels (left-hand-side, second from top) illustrates the life of Noah, in particular the period after the Great Flood when Noah returns to dry land with the help of God. Strangely, the Ark is depicted as a pyramid.

Digitization Solves Decades-Long Puzzle

Another discovery resulting from the digitization is connected with two fragments that shed light on a puzzling word in the Bible.  Chapter 39 of Genesis describes how Judah had sex with his daughter-in-law Tamar. She disguised herself as a prostitute, and as a guarantee of payment she received his signet, staff and ptil. After many centuries of debate regarding the meaning of the word ptil, the Dead Sea Scrolls have finally given the answer with the following sentence: ''Ptil is his belt''. As Moshe Bar-Asher, the academy president,  said:

“The word ptil is mentioned in the Bible 10 times. In every place, we know what it is and what its function is, except for the ptil Tamar received. On this, our ancestors were divided. But now we have an early text, from the first century at the latest, which gives the meaning of this ptil – it’s the belt with which he tied his trousers or his robe.”

Despite decades of study and analysis, the Dead Sea Scrolls are still giving up their secrets.

Top image: A panel from the door of the Baptistery in Florence, which appears to show Noah’s Ark as a pyramid.

By Natalia Klimzcak

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YOU accuse him of hate while you would gladly see the end of Islam?? now about Israel, that was forced upon the people living there at the time without their consent that makes it an illegal state, and as for the Holohoax google the Jewish almanic for the population at the time and while you're at it google the Red Cross report on it that says there is no evidence for the holocaust and when you do that come back to me with Documented evidence that supports your view, history is written by the victors don't get me wrong I'm not saying hitler wasn't an evil bastard he was but when you compare him to the number one terrorist regime on the planet (USA) he's only an amature

Veronica- I understand why you write as you do but I would like to say that you really need to read up on your history to find out exactly why Israel is where it is and how it came about. Those who developed and implemented the idea, under the influence of Zionists,which 'gave' the land to Jewish people, thought that those pouring into the area , and those already there could live together. However, driven by the ancient idea that this was originally 'their' land given to them by God, the Jews began to develop Israel as their own. Their Government gradually pushed those who came to be called Palestinians further and further, finally building a wall and continuing to treat them in the most abominable way, using as their excuse the fact that some Palestinians reacted with force to the way they were treated. This has largely now become a tit for tat situation. But those who suffer the most are the ordinary Palestinians who just want to live a quiet life, in houses which are in one piece, to farm the land, to have the water they need, which is currently almost all diverted for Israel's use.
There are, by the way, several agencies trying to help them, against great odds - and not all Israelis are happy with the actions of their government.

Already when the person said "Made up Holocaust" you knew anything you say will just pass without stopping, through this person's head.
Maybe he just thinks it's a reason to say something else stupid. After all, there are still some things in the Protocolls of the Elders he hasn't referred to as The Truth yet :-D

And there is NO doubt at all where YOU stand on the subject of Israel – the hatred is glaring at me from the page – you make a big mistake taking one side of the argument – there is always another view, and there is no answer now to the status of “Palestinians” except to get on with their lives and make a country for themselves, maybe drop the unproductive Islamic doctrine and CREATE something worthwhile? – you get absolutely nowhere with Islam, the cult of terror, hatred & submission (Islam=Submission, NOT ‘peace’ btw) – they would gain a great deal from being friends with the peoples now living in Israel, none of who have ‘stolen’ anything from them (except those pushing into new illegal ‘settlements’ in “Palestinian” areas), they just happen to live where they live just like the rest of us on this planet.  Funny how we do not see ANYBODY really supporting the “Palestinian” people by helping them to develop themselves, all we see is denial by other Arab nations that they have any right to move anywhere – so they are just stuck where they are. The Jewish holocaust was real, do not kid yourself, Germans have to face the reality every day of what they did, and they ARE truly ashamed of their history. Other peoples have also faced similar fates, and this continues today in some places; yes - humans are a disgrace, but history must be put down & positive moves made to fix things for the sake of the future.

You think that a country that keeps pushing the Made up Holocaust so it can have the rest of the world give it money and say poor Jew, is going to reveal everything about Dead Sea Scrolls?

Also the fact that they are Murdering, stealing the land, stealing the children, stealing the water of Palestine.
And are a Zionist State.

Are you that Naive?

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