Experts believe they might have just found the remains of Noah's Ark
If there's any story in the bible that everyone knows, except maybe for the crucifixion, it's the tale of Noah's Ark and the great flood. God gave Noah instructions to build the ark and told him to enter the wooden structure seven days before, after which Noah and his family were spared by God, along with a remnant of the world's animals, while the rest of the world is decimated by a flood.
In the bible, specifically in Genesis 8:4, it is written that the ark eventually landed on the mountains of Ararat. This supposedly happened on the 150th day of the great flood, before the waters receded. Now, there is supposedly some evidence that actually backs up this tale, with some believing this proves that these events really did happen in some way, or at least were based in reality by some measure.
After centuries of oft-disputed eyewitness accounts of a wooden structure in the area, a focused search on the mountain region has unearthed traces of this structure. Various professors of theology and science claim that this recently discovered evidence corroborates with the scripture.
Investigators explored the area in Mount Ararat, which is also known as Agri Mountain, located in Agri in Northeastern Turkey. A group of 108 scientists from around the world convened at the three-day International Symposium of Mount Ararat in Agri, looking to discover the final resting place of the ark. American researcher Professor Paul Esprante said he intends to find more evidence to prove that Agri is the right place.
"My purpose is to visit the sites around the mountain to find clues about catastrophic events in the past. I think that rigorous, serious scientific work is needed in the area, and I would like to collaborate in that.
"We have technical resources and we can work together with local experts. The result of my findings will be published in books, publications and journals, but at this point it is too early to know what we are going to find.
"Once the scientific community knows about the existence of Noah’s Ark in Mount Ararat, we can make it available to the general public"
The theories are still hotly disputed in the theological research community, with some claiming the evidence doesn't prove anything. Dr. Andrew Snelling, who has also been investigating the location of the ark's final resting place, said that "Mount Ararat did not grow until after the ocean waters retreated".
The great flood, Snelling said, was "a global catastrophe that totally reshaped the earth's geology [...] the earth's surface has continued to change since then" It is his belief that ark landed on "another high mountain in the region at the time," as claimed on his Christian apologetics website Answers in Genesis.
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