REVIEW ↠ Before the Flood Understanding the biblical Flood story as recalling a real life event

REVIEW Before the Flood Understanding the biblical Flood story as recalling a real life event

REVIEW ↠ Before the Flood Understanding the biblical Flood story as recalling a real life event á In the six hundredth year of Noah's life in the second month the seventeenth day of the month the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven werUcing both spurious claims and serious scholarshipAs best selling historian Ian Wilson reveals in this fascinating new book evidence of a catastrophic event has been building steadily culminating in the work of William Ryan and Walter Pitman Several years ago Ryan and Pitman had posited that around 5600 BC there had an inundation in the Black Sea of such proportions that it turned the freshwater lake into a saltwater lake by connecting it to the Mediterranean Were that true they estimated that there would be signs of civilization 300 feet below the surface of the Black Sea In September 2000 using his famous underwater euipment Robert Ballard of SS Titanic fame explored parts of the Black Sea near the Turkish shore and found the remains of wood houses There had been a flood and whether God's wrath or not it had d. This is a really fascinating book The only reason I give it four rather than five stars is that the author is a bit prone to jumping to conclusions He establishes very well that the Black Sea came into existence about 7600 years ago when the Mediterranean Sea broke through the Bosporus and catastrophically inundated a freshwater lake and a very large territory around it He also establishes that people were living there at the time who if not uite civilized had many of the trappings of civilization such as domesticated livestock cultivated crops and houses instead of huts All of this is pretty undeniable but was this catastrophe the genesis of the Noah's flood story Well the problem with legends is that they are just that legends They do not have to be based on any real events and can be just made up stories Even when they are based on actual events over many generations and thousands of years of oral transmission by preliterate peoples they can mutate into something so distorted that they almost may as well be made up stories I think the author is jumping to conclusions to be so sure that he has explained the origin of the Noah story On the other hand these very similar flood stories are found so freuently among cultures emenating from the Black Sea region that I think he is probably right anyway He takes a bigger leap with the ark It is undoubtedly true that late stone age people were capable of building boats probably made of reed that could have transported livestock There is too much evidence of such animals turning up on far flung islands from that time to deny it even though no such boats survive But does that mean that a stone age resident of the Black Sea area loaded up his livestock and family and escaped the flood that way spawning the story of the ark Well there is absolutely no evidence of an event that specific and could have happened does not mean did happen I will agree though that it could have happened Throughout the book there are other examples of this jumping to conclusions but I will say that in setting up the factual premises for these jumps he did cause me to learn a lot about archaeological discoveries and the many solid inferences that have been made from them Despite my criticisms I assure you that I thoroughly enjoyed this book

Ian Wilson ¹ 1 REVIEW

Estroyed everything around it for hundreds of miles killing tens of thousands of peopleExploring all the archeological evidence Wilson explains how the Black Sea flood and the Biblical flood have to be connected In particular Wilson argues learnedly and persuasively that the center of the civilized world was further to the West than previously thought not in Egypt or Mesopotamia but in what is today Northern TurkeyThe earliest antediluvian civilizations may have migrated east into those places we have come to call the cradles of civilization forced by the Black Sea flood to create new settlements Scrupulous in its details and compelling in its sweep Before the Flood is narrative detective history at its most provocative contributing a vital new chapter to the debate about the Bible and origins of the modern worl. An interesting hypothesis Rather readable and interestingly enjoyable

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Before the Flood Understanding the biblical Flood story as recalling a real life eventIn the six hundredth year of Noah's life in the second month the seventeenth day of the month the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven were opened And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nightsThe great Biblical flood so described in Genesis has long been a subject of fascination and speculation In the 19th century the English archbishop James Ussher established it as having happened in the year 2348 BC calculating what was then taken as the age of the earth and working backward through the entire series of Biblical begats Proof of the flood which is an element of so many creation myths began in earnest when archaeology started connecting physical evidence with Biblical story The dream of proving the Bible as literal truth has proven irresistible prod. First off Ian Wilson has a delightfully nuanced brain You know it's a good time when you want to hold the book up afterwards and say 'I think he's on to something' The archeological evidence and his hypothesis mesh so seamlessly it would be a shame to disprove his conclusions What an intriguing book and he he not dry at all