Comment: This is not describing the ark of Noah at all, but a scrambled

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This is not describing the ark of Noah at all, but a scrambled

version of the story. Noah's ark was built from gopher wood, whatever that it, and bitumen. Also, the ark was a rectangle, not round. It was also multi-level and probably much longer than a soccer field, around 500 feet long. This is about 5/8ths the length of the Titanic but similar to the Titanic in breadth.

A tie-in to this story is that the ark was divided into compartments or sections which are described by a word used for "bird nests". That is, the compartments within the Ark were a lot closer to a round thing made of reeds than the Ark itself. It makes me wonder if the the timbers were reused later, and the "nests" were pulled out, and later when people described the nests from the ark it was confused with a description of the Ark itself, especially in a world with similar-looking river craft.

Whether the flood was "global" in a modern sense or only in the sense that "world wide" meant to a writer of antiquity is another question. The English translations of the text make it seem like it means global in the modern sense, but there are disputes about that in the original text. The "modern global" reasons are well know, but here is an interesting look at the scriptural case for a "local" flood http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/localflood.html

I strongly question the scholarship of the Doctor in this article if he thinks the Hebrews got the story of the Flood from the 6th century BC captivity. The Hebrews were descended from a man who hailed from "Ur of the Chaldees" from over a thousand years prior to that. IOW, he was from the same area. The Hebrews would have already had a flood story, because Abraham had one. Which account is closest to the original version of events is a different question, but I will say that the Hebrew version of events of antiquity describes even their heroes as very human and prone to mistakes, while the Babylonian stories make their great men out to be demi-gods.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)