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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

Comments

Jesus answered them, “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30-33

Jesus is not God, at no point in the bible does it say this.
The Romans misinterpreted the meaning of messiah

you better remember something when you spout off the bible and scripture the bible was put together by a group of men and THEY decided which so called gospels would be put into the bible not god or a divinity and this was out of Hundreds of gospels to choose from. so it was a prejudiced judgement to begin with AND your bible has been translated badly over several centuries and languages so don't take this so called historical writing as always fact. it is riddled with things you don't follow and inconsistencies. Finally, you people always, I said always take things out of context when you preach this so called book of authority which it isn't. Just to intimidate people into thinking that everything is a sin also now you people just ignore the old testament because it is too harsh to your belief taste today.. to quote a great movie and Jack Nicholson "go sell crazy somewhere else we're all full up here!"

You are so full of love towards your fellow man that you hope he ‘gets with Christ before he shuts the door’ – nice God you have there – he created that same person you are putting down with your self-important nonsense – he made that brain, that inquiring mind, even you with your smugness & pat-yourself-on-the-back strut.   If I had made humans I would be feeling very sorry for the mess I created, not telling them do this ‘or else’ !   We all know what compassion is, and it is not what you are putting out ! 

you ever read bible scripture / or do you always judge things before reading. ? And how did fossils get to the top of such high mountains ? your words of religion being destructive can have merit, But Jesus (God) is not a religion. He is Alive and lives more surely than you and i do ! To believe death has been overcome, by God's action on the cross, not anything we could do, at all. And seeing his power work, with Love as his evidence, and how the bible compliments itself as written, Love is truth, it's power as truth, testifies to Love. If all you know is how to put down truth, please realize truth is bigger than you are :) your wimpy denial, changes nothing.. The great flood did happen, God influenced the animals to come to the ark. Noah was faithful to God, a remnant from all others back then who fell away from him. Just as you do today. this type of hstory will happen again, this time; Jesus will return, (the next thing in scripture destined to happen) and others like you, will be left behind :( Hope You get with Christ, before he shuts the door.

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