Est. May 2008

14 September, 2014

Yep, That’s A Perfect Match

(picture credit below)
According to the UK Daily Mail, somebody decided to build a small-scale replica of a Mesopotamian coracle from plans out of a four-thousand-year-old cuneiform cylinder.

Okay, what’s the big deal?

Well, the guy in charge, Dr. Irving Finkel (who happens to be the assistant keeper of the Middle East department at the British Museum, by the way), is telling everybody who’ll listen that it’s also a small-scale replica of Noah’s ark:
A scale model of Noah’s Ark has been built based on a blueprint drawn up in ancient Babylon 4,000 years ago.

The expert behind the Biblical undertaking rocked the world last year with his controversial theory that the fabled ark was round and made of reeds.

Now such a coracle-like vessel has been constructed according to exact instructions marked on clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq.
Pay attention here – there will be a quiz.

Let’s take a look at the biblical description of the ark God told Noah to make and compare it to Dr. Finkel’s ‘ark’:
Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. (Genesis 6:14-16)
Dr. Finkel’s ark is kinda missing some stuff, like, oh, say, a third floor, no door in its side, being round instead of rectangular, and being made out of reeds instead of wood (even if we don’t know exactly what ‘gopher wood’ is,  it’s still wood).

Yep, other than those four things, it’s a perfect, small-scale replica of Noah’s ark.

Feel free to bang your head on your desk in frustration.

And the funniest thing about this is, you don’t have to be Jewish, Christian, or, for that matter, religious at all to be able to compare the Genesis account with Dr. Finkel’s ‘work’ and see they don’t match.  What Dr. Finkel and the folks who’ve made this have done is they’ve built a small-scale reproduction of a boat described on a four-thousand-year-old cuneiform scroll – not the boat found in Genesis 6.

And they ought not to keep saying they have.

(picture credit: Right Wing News)

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