Noah’s Ark: Thought To Have Been Round

By: Toni Matthews-El - January 25, 2014

When we think of the story of Noah, many imagine a giant boat that managed to hold two of every animal species on Earth. And that giant boat is typically “pointy”.

Apparently the image had by many was completely wrong. According to a recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet, the boat was round in shape.

“It’s a perfect thing,” says Irving Finkel, the assistant keeper of the Middle East at the British Museum where the tablet is currently on display. “It never sinks, it’s light to carry.”

Finkel was lucky enough to get a hold of the rare artifact when a man brought in the then badly damaged tablet, which his father had came by in the Middle East during WWII. The tablet, which is said to be roughly the size of a mobile phone, would turn out to be, “one of the most important human documents ever discovered.”

The tablet is the detailed record of a Mesopotamian god’s instructions for building a giant vessel. Some believe that the tablet, found in what is now Iraq, and other writings were stories that were passed on to Jews that were held captive in Babylon thousands of years ago. These tales were then thought to have found their way into Jewish folklore.

Finkel’s enthusiasm over the ancient text is hardly surprising and according to other experts, to be expected.

The British Museum had made an “an extraordinary discovery,” David Owen, professor of ancient Near Eastern studies at Cornell University.

While Elizabeth Stone, who is an expert on the antiquities of ancient Mesopotamia at Stony Brook University in New York, was enthusiastic about the discovery, she didn’t appear willing to rule out the more familiar boat shape.

“People are going to envision the boat however people envision boats where they are,” said Stone. This meant that if round boats are the norm in a certain part of the world, it makes sense that the text’s author would visualize Noah’s Ark as round.

“Coracles are not unusual things to have had in Mesopotamia.”

What do you think? Would Noah’s Ark have been round or pointed? Was there even an ark at all? Share your comments below!

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Toni Matthews-El

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • Trev

    Nice try…but if you read the Bible it gives you the correct measurements and materials and size… that was used. People are so gullible when others bring way out ideas. Read the Bible book of Genisis…its Gods word and should not be changed by those who obviously have not read it. Think about it…if it were a large square box it would have been able to accommodate all the animals easily.
    Mans word has always been suspect and inevitably never comes out to be true. Gods word is TRUTH and reliable. Hope this helps those that are not sure about this idea….thanks for reading.