Those who take a less literal approach to the Bible would dismiss Noah's Ark as a mere fable. However, there are numerous individuals and groups who have devoted themselves to finding the massive vessel that purportedly carried Noah, his family members and a subset of the world's animals to safety during a global flood thousands of years ago.
There's a new book coming out in October by Danish journalist and author Henri Nissen that claims to showcase evidence that Noah's Ark exists and that the Bible is a historically-accurate literary work.
While scientists have not definitively concluded that there is any accuracy to the Biblical story, the vessel, based on the holy book's account, is said to have landed in the Mount Ararat region in what is now Turkey. The Christian Post caught up with Nissen to speak about "Noah's Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries," which will be released on October 31.
"I didn't write about the ark in order to convince people that God exists or that the Bible speaks the truth. I just couldn't stop investigating and writing about this great discovery," the author wrote in an e-mail to the Post.
Nissen has been exploring the region since 1999, writing numerous books and articles and producing other related media. In his new book, he includes numerous elements of historical significance -- tablets, biblical and non-biblical accounts of the ark and the flood and more. In the end, the public is left, based on the evidence, to decide whether the event is based on fact or fiction.
"I started up in 1999 investigating the so-called 'boat shaped object.' First I thought this might actually be the ark, but many questions couldn't be answered. Then the Chinese team came up with their great find, and it is so amazing and much more convincing. Here we have actual wood and rooms."
The team he references purportedly found seven spaces with, doors, hooks, rope and other elements during a Chinese-Kurdish expedition in 2010 (you can read about that exploration here). The evidence purportedly dates back 5,000 years and is found on the Ararat mountain. Genesis 8:4 reads, "and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat," thus seemingly corroborating this story.
Nissen is more than aware of the push-back he's likely to get, as he blames much of it on a media that are unfriendly to individuals and archeological tenets that call evolution into question. Those who oppose the facts, he claims, are burying important data.
"It really seems like not only the biblical flood but a lot of the ancient history has been forgotten or lost on purpose, because it doesn't fit with the doubtful theories of evolution," Nissen told the Post. "I hope somebody else will help to dig deeper and find 'forbidden' archaeology and hidden history and tell it to the world. There is a big task waiting."
If the 2010 discovery is legitimate, Nissen said it would be noteworthy. After all, it would indicate that there was a great flood, thus corroborating the Biblical account of events. But the author has no doubt that Noah built an ark and that it brought him to safety, as Nissen also said that the holy book is "historically trustworthy."
"Still it will be up to each person to decide if the rediscovery of the ark should mean also a rethinking of their beliefs," Nissen continued. "Some people seem to prefer believing in what is convenient."
These days, Noah's Ark is all the rage. Last month, we told you about Donna D'Errico, the former Playboy Playmate and "Baywatch star" who ventured overseas in an effort to find the ship. We'll have to wait and see what fascinating details Nissen's book holds.
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(H/T: The Christian Post)