Oregon Faith News Note:
A group of Chinese explorers have announced that they have discovered Noah’s Ark in an undisclosed location in Turkey. These explorers come armed with video. Below is an ABC News story on the announcement.
So far, most media outlets and Ark hopefuls have been highly critical of the find. See more below:
Fox News Reported.
“And the people voicing the loudest caution are biblical archeologists who believe the ark is real and that it can be found. Dr. Randall Price, head of Judaic Studies at Liberty University, had been a cohort of the Noah’s Ark Ministries International team until two years ago. He pulled out of the project, sensing they were being taken advantage of by Kurdish guides, who’ve turned Ark searching into a cottage industry. “I think we can’t rule out the possibility that this is a hoax, because a lot of the things that happen in that region of the world, and especially with the Kurdish guides that are involved, are designed to try to extract money from gullible people,” Price said.
But he added: “I’m reserving my opinion at this point until I see how things are developing.” Dr. John Morris, lead archeologist at the Institute for Creation Research, says “I’m leaning towards that the Chinese people have been deceived.” Morris has led 13 expeditions to Mount Ararat looking for the ark. He knows the area well and says of the recent find, “At best, it is an elaborate deception.” Morris and Price were contacted by the Chinese team to take part in the press event, but they declined based on how little evidence they saw.”
“Cornell archaeologist Peter Ian Kuniholm, who has focused on Turkey for decades, was even more direct – saying that the reported find is a “crock.” The quest to find remnants of the Bible’s most famous cargo ship goes back to, well, virtually biblical times (or at least back to the time of the ancient historian Josephus). In the Book of Genesis, God tells Noah to build a boat that would be longer than a modern-day football field and more than three stories high. Animals were sent to seek shelter in the ship and ride out a flood that wiped out the entire world.
Zimansky points out that Genesis identifies the mountains of Urartu (a.k.a. Ararat) as the landing zone for the ark, but not a specific peak. Over the centuries, 16,946-foot Mount Ararat and the nearby boat-shaped Durupinar rock formation have emerged as the favored locales for ark-hunters. (Others, meanwhile, have looked for evidence of an ancient flood in Turkey’s Black Sea region or Iran.)”
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