Noah and the Deluge: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
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Noah and the Deluge: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
Noah and the Deluge: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
Gerard Gertoux
Field of study
Arts and Humanities
History
General
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Historians consider the biblical account of the Deluge as a myth. However, this famous event occurred at the earliest times of recorded history (Sumerian King List). Today scientists believe in the last ice age called Pleistocene ending in 10,000 BCE, but there is no witness (prehistory) of this planetary cataclysmic event and its existence is based solely on the (controversial) interpretation of its consequences and their dating. The existence of erratic blocks and the disappearance of mammoths are presented as evidence of the last glaciation, but contrary to what one might think 14C dating provides conflicting results. Dating obtained by calibrated 14C is considered absolute by most experts but confrontation with the Egyptian chronology, in which some dates are fixed by astronomy, reverses this widespread belief. The biblical and Sumerian accounts of the Deluge (in year 600 of Noah/Ziusudra) are very similar and suppose a dating around 3170 BCE according to the Septuagint. The period 3170-2800 is very poorly documented, the only remarkable event is the construction of the Tower of Babel then its abandonment and the emergence of languages. Many scholars estimate that these mythological texts have no historical value, but several Sumerian and Babylonian inscriptions have confirmed the antiquity of this ancient ziggurat and the name of its builder. In addition, Sumerian stories confirm the biblical version on four key points: a universal deluge; only one language at the origin; construction of the Tower of Babel and a sudden and simultaneous onset of languages (like Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, etc.). Last controversial issue: human longevity seems to have remained constant (ca. 110 years), but contrary to what popular common sense suggests, human limits are difficult to set by science and studies on a potentially endless longevity provide amazing data in accordance with the Bible.

ISBN 978-1-329-63114-4
Imprint Lulu
DOI 10.20850/9781329631144
Copyright 2016, Gertoux
Copyright License Standard Copyright License
Product Details 8.27 x 11.69 Standard Color Glossy Perfect Bound
Page Count 194 pages
Type of Publication Monograph (standalone)
Audience University/Post-secondary education
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