10935Noah's Ark or just an ancient boat?
- Jun 30, 2006It never ceases to amaze me what theist seek to prove in order
to "validate" their spiritual beliefs...will this be shoved down the
throats (rhetorically speaking of course) of all those who dare
oppose (or even question) the existence/concept of an omnipotent
sentient being. Seems to me that only time will tell...
Has Noah's Ark Been Found?
Christian Archaeology Team Believes It's Found Biblical Remains
June 29) - A team of Texas archaeologists believe they may have
located the remains of Noah's Ark in Iran's Elburz mountain range.
"I can't imagine what it could be if it is not the Ark," said Arch
Bonnema of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (B.A.S.E)
Institute, a Christian archeology organization dedicated to looking
for biblical artifacts.
Bonnema and the other B.A.S.E. Institute members hiked for seven
hours in the mountains northwest of Tehran, climbing 13,000 feet
before making the apparent discovery.
"We got up to this object, nestled in the side of a hill," said
Robert Cornuke, a member of the B.A.S.E. Institute. "We found
something that has my heart skipping a beat."
At first, they didn't dare to hope it was the biblical boat.
"It wasn't impressive at first," Cornuke said. "Certainly didn't
think it to be Noah's Ark. But when we got close, we were amazed. It
looked similar to wood."
In addition, some B.A.SE. members say, their discovery didn't look
"It looked like the deck of any boat today," Bonnema said.
Long Search for the Ark
The Bible places the Ark in the mountains of Ararat, a mountain
range theologians believe spans hundreds of miles, which the team
says is consistent with their find in Iran.
The Bible also describes the Ark's dimensions as being 300 cubits by
50 cubits -- about the size of a small aircraft carrier. The
B.A.S.E. Institute's discovery is similar in size and scale.
"It is provocative to think that this could be the lost ark of
Noah," Cornuke said
Throughout history, people have been searching for the Ark to help
prove God's existence.
"There's this idea, if we can prove that the ark existed then we can
prove that the story existed, and more importantly, we can prove
that God existed," said Bruce Feiler, author of "Where God Was Born."
Previous scholars have searched for the Ark on Mount Ararat in
"Czar Nicholas, actually, in 1916 sent two expeditions to photograph
it on top of Mount Ararat," said Feiler.
One former U.S. president, Feiler said, looked for it in the
mountains of Iran.
"There is a story that Jimmy Carter, on his way to visit the Shah of
Iran in 1977, purposefully flew over it," he said.
As recently as March, researcher claimed to have satellite photos
that proved the presence of Ark remains. The B.A.S.E institute hopes
the physical evidence they've brought back from Iran will hold the
answer to this enduring mystery.
"People will always be looking for it, always be skeptical, always
be excited of the search," Cornuke said. "But I think we found
something here that's very notable."
The B.A.S.E. Institute's samples are being examined at labs in Texas
and Florida. B.A.S.E officials concede that there would be no way to
conclusively prove that their finding is actually Noah's Ark.
So the hunt goes on. The biggest hurdle in identifying Noah's Ark
comes down to "gopher wood." The Bible says the Ark was made of
gopher wood but no one knows what it is.
ABC News' Chris Cuomo reported this story for "Good Morning America."
06-29-06 17:31 EDT
Copyright 2006 ABCNEWS.com
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