As we looked at Genesis 7 and 8 this morning, I had two things regarding the historical evidences related to Noah’s Ark that I wanted to share with you but we simply ran out of time, so I will share it here in this email.
First, I’ve copied a portion of a commentary by David Guzik from his Enduring Word Bible Commentary, which is online at https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/genesis-6/.
In this commentary David Guzik’s cites ten accounts of historical evidence for Noah’s Ark, and they are
“1. In 275 b.c., Berosus, a Babylonian historian, wrote: “But of this ship that grounded in Armenia some part still remains in the mountains… and some get pitch from the ship by scraping it off.”
2. Around a.d. 75, Josephus said the locals collected relics from the ark and showed them off to this very day. He also said all the ancient historians he knew of wrote about the ark.
3. In a.d. 180, Theophilus of Antioch wrote: “the remains [of the ark] are to this day to be seen… in the mountains.”
4. An elderly Armenian man in America said that as a boy, he visited the ark with his father and three atheistic scientists in 1856. Their goal was to disprove the ark’s existence, but they found it and became so enraged they tried to destroy it, but could not because it was too big and had petrified. In 1918 one of the atheistic scientists (an Englishman) admitted on his deathbed the whole story was true.
5. In 1876 a distinguished British statesman and author, Viscount James Bryce, climbed Ararat and reported finding a four-foot long piece of hand-tooled timber at an altitude of more than 13,000 feet (4,300 meters).
6. Six Turkish soldiers claimed to see the ark in 1916.
7. In the early part of this century, a Russian aviator named Vladimire Rokovitsky claimed the discovery of Noah’s ark. He was stationed in southern Russia near the Turkish border and Mount Ararat. As he tested a plane he and his co-pilot flew over Ararat and discovered on the edge of a glacier what he described as a boat the size of a battleship. He said it was partially submerged in a lake, and he could see there was an opening for a door nearly 20 feet (7 meters) square, but the door was missing. Rokovitsky told his commanding officer and an expedition was dispatched to find the ark and photograph it. The report was forwarded to the Czar, who was soon overthrown and the photos and the report perished.
8. In 1936 a young British archaeologist named Hardwicke Knight hiked across Ararat and discovered interlocking hand-tooled timbers at a height of 14,000 feet (4,600 meters).
9. During World War II two pilots saw and photographed something they believed was the ark on Mount Ararat.
10. There have been many more recent attempts to find and document the ark, but they have been hindered by politics and surrounded by controversy.”
Second, I want to share with you is a 20-minute video clip of Ron Wyatt working at the Turkey site of Mount Ararat. The YouTube video is available at https://youtu.be/IoTkguzRaCU and it offers evidence which led the Turkish authorities to recognize the discovery of Noah’s Ark in the mountains of Ararat.
Hope you enjoy it!
Next week we’ll cover Genesis 9 and 10.