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Satan Wants You To Know (Message #4)

Noah’s Flood (image by Uriel Vidal)

Biblical Flood Evidence

There is presently no convincing archaeological evidence of the biblical flood. The examination of silt levels at the Sumeran cities of Ur, Kish, Shuruppak, Lagash, and Uruk (all of which have occupation levels at least as early as 2800 B.C.) are from different periods and do not reflect a single massive flood that inundated them all at the same time.

Similarly, the city of Jericho, which has been continuously occupied since 7000 B.C., has no flood deposits whatsoever. Climatological studies have indicated that the period from 4500 to 3500 B.C. was significantly wetter in this region, but that offers little to go on.

The search for the remains of Noah’s ark have centered on the Turkish peak of Agri Dagh (17,000 feet) near Lake Van. However, no one mountain within the Ararat range is mentioned in the biblical account, and fragments of wood that have been carbon-14 dated from this mountain have proven to come from no earlier than the fifth century A.D.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

October 5, 2010 Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , | Leave a comment

Satan Wants You To Know (Message #3)

Construction of Noah's Ark

The Flood

The most significant ancient Near Eastern flood accounts are found in the Atrahasis Epic and the Gilgamesh Epic. In these accounts the chief god, Enil, becomes angry at mankind (the Atrahasis Epic portrays him as disturbed over the “noise” of mankind) and, after trying unsuccessfully to remedy the situation by reducing the population through things like drought and disease, persuades the divine assembly to approve a flood for the total elimination of mankind.

The god Ea manages to forwarn one loyal worshipper, a king who is instructed to build a boat that will preserve not only him and his family, but representatives skilled in the various arts of civilization. The other people of the city are told that the gods are angry with the king and he must leave them.

The pitch-covered boat has seven stories shaped either as a cube or, more likely, a ziggurat. The storm lasts seven days and nights after which the boat comes to rest on Mt. Nisir. Birds are sent out to determine the time of leaving the ark. Sacrifices are made for which the gods are very thankful since they have been deprived of food (sacrifices) since the flood began.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , , , , | Leave a comment