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Noah’s Ark Dynamic Hidden Objects
Noah’s Ark Dynamic Hidden Objects is a game where you must find hidden objects based on Noah’s Ark. The more dynamic hidden objects found the more fun.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions are in bold face. Answers are in regular type.
Was Noah’s flood story fiction or fact?
Much of the flood story was fiction, but there was a real river flood on which the original flood legend was based. Ziusudra, the Sumerian Noah was listed in the Sumerian King List and therefore may have been a real person, but there is no hard evidence that Noah/Ziusudra existed.
Was there a global flood?
No. The flood of Noah was a Euphrates River flood in southern Sumer similar to the flood of 1954 in southern Iraq. The “earth” in Genesis 7:17-18 refers to the ground/land in the flooded region, not the entire planet.
Did the ark ground on Mount Ararat?
No. Mount Ararat was not involved in the original flood legend. The ark grounded in an estuary at the mouth of the Euphrates River. The mountains of Ararat got involved in the story because Noah’s son Shem traveled on foot to the mountains of Ararat after the barge grounded. Story tellers confused the mountain that Noah’s son visited with the hill on which Noah offered a sacrifice. The ark never came close to a mountain.
But doesn’t the Epic of Gilgamesh have the ark grounding on Mount Nisir?
No. The word KUR usually translated Mount can mean mound or hill or country. The river barge grounded on a mound of mud or sand in an estuary at the mouth of the river. Several other clauses in the Epic of Gilgamesh have been misunderstood or mistranslated.
When did the flood occur?
The Euphrates River flooded about 2900 BC at the end of the Jemdet Nasr period and the beginning of the Early Dynastic period. This river flood left a few feet of yellow mud in Shuruppak and a few other Sumerian cities. Polychrome pottery from the Jemdet Nasr period was found immediately below this flood layer. Hence Noah/Ziusudra reigned during the end of the Jemdet Nasr period. The flood layer has been radiocarbon dated to 2900 BC.
How did Noah build such a large boat without help?
He had lots of help. Noah was a king and kings delegate responsibility to managers who hire workmen to do the job. Noah did not build the ark with his own hands.
How could a wooden ark 450 feet long withstand the stresses from a storm and not break up?
The ark was not a mono-hull galleon, it was an array of small flat-bottom pontoons roped together. Large modern river barges are also assembled from dozens of small barges chained together.
What was gopher wood?
“Gopher wood” was a transliteration of gish gipar (meadow wood) or kupar (cypress wood).
How could all species of animals fit in the ark?
They didn’t. All of the kinds of animals that Noah had in his stockyard were put in the ark, but these were domesticated ranch animals and there were less than 280 of them.
How could the animals know when to come to the ark and where to find it?
The owners of the animals had their herdsmen take the animals to the ark to be transported as cargo. Noah had his herdsmen load into the barge all of the livestock in his stockyards.
How did Noah prevent all the other people in his city from boarding the ark?
He didn’t have to. The other people climbed high hills far from the river. These hills are not mentioned in Genesis 7:19-20 because they were too far from the river for Noah to see.
Did everybody drown in the flood except Noah and his family? Are all the people of of the world descended from Noah?
No. Everybody did not drown. Hundreds, possibly thousands of Sumerians drowned in the flooded area, but there were many thousands of survivors of Noah’s river flood, even in his own city, and especially in distant lands not affected by the flood.
Did people live to be more than 900 years before the flood?
No. That was an ancient mistranslation of archaic numbers. Noah lived to be 83.
How could Noah know years in advance that a flood was coming to provide enough time to build the ark?
The ark was not built as a lifeboat. It was built long before the flood as a commercial river barge for transporting cattle, grain, and other cargo. Noah learned that the flood was coming only when he saw heavy rain falling. This was a few hours before the river overflowed the levees. Noah did not know the flood was coming when he commissioned building the river barge.
How do you explain the conflict between the 1-year flood in Genesis 8:13 and the 7-day flood in Gilgamesh XI,129-131?
There is no conflict. The river flood lasted 6 or 7 days. During the rest of the year the ark was drifting about the Persian Gulf. Genesis 8 refers to the “waters” and does not use the word “flood” or “ocean” or “sea”.
Legends about Noah’s flood can be found all over the world, such as the Hawaiian legend about the god Kane sending a flood and only Nu’u escaped in a large boat that grounded on a mountain. Doesn’t this prove that Noah’s flood was global?
No. Wherever there are rivers there are floods, and local storytellers tell stories about these local floods. Later when Europeans taught the Genesis stories to the Hawaiians, local storytellers incorporated the name Nu’u and the mountain into the older Hawaiian river flood story.
Although the Babylonian flood and the Genesis flood are similar, they were not the same flood.
The similarities are not just general ideas like a flood and a boat; many unusual and distinctive phrases were copied word for word. Click here for a list of these similarities.
How did the kangaroos get from Mount Ararat to Australia?
There were no kangaroos in Noah’s barge. Kangaroos are not mentioned in Genesis nor in Deuteronomy 14:4-18 where the kinds of clean and unclean animals are listed.
But Genesis 6:19 says “every living thing.”
Noah loaded into the barge every living animal that he had. He did not load any animals he did not have. In the Epic of Gilgamesh XI, line 83 reads: “All the living beings I had, I loaded.”
The 15 cubits in Genesis 7:20 must refer to the draft of the ark when it grounded on Mount Ararat and cannot refer to how much the water rose. Otherwise how could only 15 cubits of water cover mountains?
Mountains were not involved. Sumer was very flat. All the hills that Noah could see were less than 15 cubits high and therefore were submerged when the water rose 15 cubits.
If the flood was a local flood, why would Noah bother with a boat? Why not just move the animals and family overland to the foothills of the Zagros mountains?
Your hidden assumption is that Noah knew long in advance that the flood was coming. Actually he knew the flood was coming only when heavy rain began to fall. By then it was too late to travel to the mountains that were more than a hundred miles away.
How did Noah know the flood was coming?
During the annual inundation, the Euphrates River was at crest stage just below the top of the levees. When Noah saw heavy rain falling in the distance, he knew the river would be rising in a few hours. He did not have to be a metorologist to understand that the river would soon overflow the levees and his livestock and cargo would be destroyed unless he quickly loaded them onto a nearby river barge.
Why did Noah offer a sacrifice after the ark grounded?
It was the duty of ship captains to offer sacrifices to the gods at a local temple when their boats arrived safely. This was the ancient equivalent of an import tariff.