ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Recently in modern-day Iraq — ancient Mesopotamia, curator of the British Museum, Irving Finkel, translated a 4,000 year old cuneiform tablet which is said to be similar to the story of Noah’s Ark.
The deciphered tablet reveals a story of a massive flood that destroys Earth. It also displays an ancient Mesopotamian God giving instruction to build a giant vessel and to gather animals unto the boat “two by two,” the Huffington Post reports.
According to The Telegraph, 30 years ago, Douglas Simmonds, brought a damaged tablet to Finkel that his father kept from the Middle East during the First World War. It is a shade of lighter brown and is just about the size of a mobile device. He tried to convince him to leave it with him, but Simmonds would not accept his offer. Finkel finally received the tablet in 2009. Little did he, know that in his possession was one of the most important documents in history.
Currently there is an on-going debate of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark and the recent discovery. The biblical version describes a giant round vessel, which is two-thirds the size of a football field. Also, in Genesis God commands Noah to build a longer vessel that does not meet the dimensions of a round boat.
“So, when I first read this I was astonished. But you see what happened is, when you start to think about it, it makes a lot of sense,” says Finkel. “Because a round vessel is a coracle, which is a traditional kind of boat you find on rivers around the world … and the ancient Babylonians had these coracles.”
Ancient Isrealites would view their boats in the way that they are familiar with them CNN reports. In this sense, that would be a coracle. However, this means that the boat may have been larger, but similar to ones they used on their rivers.
“So when it’s in the water it will float always, it will never sink, says Finkel. “And that’s all the ark, or the Noah’s ark, or the Babylonian ark had to do, was to bob around safely like a lifeboat with all the animals inside until the waters went away again. It didn’t have to go from London to New York as you might expect.”
Four year later, he turned the new discovery into the subject of his book, “The Ark before Noah,” which unravels the story of the Mesopotamian Ark.
The tablet is at the British Museum in London on display. Archeologists are hoping to design a prototype of this ark to see it would actually stay afloat and are in the works of creating a documentary to be released later this year.