New Evidence Suggests Biblical Great Flood Happened
Dec. 10, 2012
The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events.
In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah.
Tune in to Christiane Amanpour's two-part ABC News special, "Back to the Beginning," which explores the history of the Bible from Genesis to Jesus. Part one airs on Friday, Dec. 21 and part two on Friday, Dec. 28, both starting at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. See photos from her journey HERE
Ballard's track record for finding the impossible is well known. In 1985, using a robotic submersible equipped with remote-controlled cameras, Ballard and his crew hunted down the world's most famous shipwreck, the Titanic.
Now Ballard is using even more advanced robotic technology to travel farther back in time. He is on a marine archeological mission that might support the story of Noah. He said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice.
"Where I live in Connecticut was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers, that's a big ice cube," he said. "But then it started to melt. We're talking about the floods of our living history."
The water from the melting glaciers began to rush toward the world's oceans, Ballard said, causing floods all around the world.
"The questions is, was there a mother of all floods," Ballard said.
According to a controversial theory proposed by two Columbia University scientists, there really was one in the Black Sea region. They believe that the now-salty Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland, until it was flooded by an enormous wall of water from the rising Mediterranean Sea. The force of the water was two hundred times that of Niagara Falls, sweeping away everything in its path.
Fascinated by the idea, Ballard and his team decided to investigate.
"We went in there to look for the flood," he said. "Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed... The land that went under stayed under."
Four hundred feet below the surface, they unearthed an ancient shoreline, proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates happened around 5,000 BC. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah's flood could have occurred.
"It probably was a bad day," Ballard said. "At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under."
The theory goes on to suggest that the story of this traumatic event, seared into the collective memory of the survivors, was passed down from generation to generation and eventually inspired the biblical account of Noah.
Noah is described in the Bible as a family man, a father of three, who is about to celebrate his 600th birthday.
- This is not news. It's been well understood that at some point in human history there was massive flooding around the Black Sea. It's in the mythology of almost every extant ancient culture.
- It has nothing to do with Noah, it's advancing sea levels which buried all the earliest human civilizations around the world, especially in the Persian Gulf. Dr. Robert Ballard, however, is an evil charlatan.
- [quote]It's in the mythology of almost every extant ancient culture.
- New evidence? Pease, new spin on an old fact.
- I left the bathtub faucet running and fell asleep.
- Since tsunamis and massive floods are not uncommon, how about the evidence of pairs of each existing animal brought aboard? Why would God kill all the remaining animals who weren't in the lucky pairs? How did Noah keep the saved animals from attacking each other? Not all of them would hibernate, right? Of course Noah would have to be "God-like" in his ability to choose very fertile animals, who could replenish the Earth. (Never got adequate answers in Bible school.)
- Fairy tales defy logic.
- Read the Epic of Gilgamesh. It also has a story of the "great deluge" and a Noah-like survivor Utnapishtim.
- What I love about Christiane Amanpour is she's got bigger balls than Anderson.
- [quote]Tune in to Christiane Amanpour's two-part ABC News special, "Back to the Beginning," which explores the history of the Bible from Genesis to Jesus.
As an amateur Assyriologist, I can't wait to see how much of the Babylonian origins of things they acknowledge on this special. Probably not a lot.
- Most myths have some basis in fact. It's the altering of the story over time that created the story of Gilgamesh to Noah.
- [quote]Why would God kill all the remaining animals who weren't in the lucky pairs?
The silly unicorns stayed ashore and kept playing instead of getting on the damn boat. It's their own fault.
- But what about the dinosaurs? They HAD to be on the ark, otherwise how did Jesus ride them?
- I keep telling you HEATHENS to stop doubting.
- [quote]The silly unicorns stayed ashore and kept playing instead of getting on the damn boat. It's their own fault
Actually, they were gay. They made it onto the ark but Noah never checked them out.
- And you know there probably was a guy who saw water rising and put his family and farm animals in a boat.
So he tells the story about how he saved his animals and over time, it became all animals.
- I was there!
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- Everything old is new again!
- Tell me about it! I'm still scooping animal shit out of this fucking ark.
- All civilizations have flood myths because all civilizations experience floods.
- So sorry Rex...
- [quote]"It probably was a bad day," Ballard said. "At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under."
So, like, we could all like, uh, get flooded while we're uh, like, asleep?
- Didn't Nikki Sixx's ex fall off a mountain looking for Noah's Ark? Yes, she did.
- Fuck you all.
- So the Babylonians were right!
- The Biblical account says the world was flooded. There is not, nor has there ever been, enough water on the planet to cover every landmass. Was there some great flood in ancient times? Probably. Did it happen the way the Bible describes? Absofuckinglutely not.
- Think about it this way: in the time when this was supposed to have happened, "the world" consisted of a valley between two rivers. Extrapolate from there.
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- Greek myth has the same flood myth.
- So do the Babylonians that the Hebrews stole the story from.
- R27 You know that, and I know that. But the Bible thumpers insist it covered the whole planet. In fact, they say it carved the Grand Canyon.
- Ballard is smart enough to know that if he attaches the words 'Noah' to his search for a physical phenomenon he'll get bucketloads of funding from conservative Christian organisations. Its the same malarky archeologists use in Israel. Every lump of dirt that gets kicked over is linked to some Biblical site or event, without a shred of proof, because it's guaranteed to pull funding.
- I'm not surpised, we are near the end of the Mayan Calender.
- I am just reiterating, but it is not news that a great flood - which is reported by countless civilizations - occurred. This, however, in no way corroborates the story of Noah, any more than the fact of any other established historical reference in the bible corroborates its corresponding bible story.
- [quote]This, however, in no way corroborates the story of Noah, any more than the fact of any other established historical reference in the bible corroborates its corresponding bible story.
Tell that to the Biblical literalists.
The Voice of the Night
- Old news. The idea is that when the icebergs and glaciers melted sea levels rose. The sea poured over The Straights of Gibralter, creating the Mediterranean. From there, the water continued to rise, finally inundating the Dardenelles and flowing over much of The Golden Horn. In other words, the Black Sea supposedly used to be the Black Lake.
- Good lord, Donna D'errico is a fundie nutcase. Did she shoot heroin along with Nikki Sixx too? Too many drugs and replaced the addiction with Jesus?
- Why would the Jews have been traumatized by a flood around the Black Sea?
- Probably, R36. And we know there's nothing like the zeal of the newly converted.
- I would watch Amanpour read the phone book.
- [quote]His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah.
The fact that he believes Noah was a real person takes away any scientific credibility he might have had. And then Mr. Noah built this reallllly huge ship out of wood and he put 2 of EVERY animal on the planet inside it and then a big flood came that he already knew about....
- R35 has it.
- I've been wondering why Ballard's Black Sea material is being recycled as news now, since it is some years old.
I think this is stealth marketing for that "reproduction" Noah's Ark in the Netherlands that is pictured at the top of the article, and which has just recently opened for business. Apparently it has a restaurant and theater inside, and a few fake animals.
- "Why would the Jews have been traumatized by a flood around the Black Sea?"
- The part about Noah's Ark - I mean, it didn't flood the entire world, right? Just the Holy Land.
- R42, I thought I heard that info before. I remember fundie college housemates claiming evidence of the ark was found somewhere in the Communist bloc, not released to the media, as proof of the Bible interfered with their atheist view. Oh and since God is omnipotent and all-powerful, He can defy logic as to how the animals happily survived on the ark.
- Christiane Amanpour was an excellent host of the ABC News Sunday talk show. Unfortunately, she specializes in international affairs while the average American Sunday talk show viewer was only interested in the US Presidential election. So out went Amanpour and back came George Stephanopoulos. (I hope I spelled his name right.) The two-part Biblical history special was ABC's consolation prize to Amanpour.
- Now, they are saying that the great Noah flood was caused by Planet X...my GAWD!!
- Mr. and Mrs. Bigfoot missed the Arc but they swam to safety.
- Some religious nut blamed gays (surprise!) for the Great Flood. Apparently the singing of "gay wedding songs" so outraged the Deity that He flooded the earth.