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The where, when, why, how and maybes of Noah's Flood

  • Jun 10, 2011

Did you know there's a current at the bottom of the Black Sea that flows in the "wrong" direction--away from the Med instead of towards it? Did you know there's evidence of a catastrophic flood below the Black Sea? Ryan and Pitman's book tells how science can investigate a story as strange and mythological-sounding as Noah's ark and come up with something that sounds very plausible and real.

The authors pursued real science in this investigation, sailing on dangerous seas through stormy weather and political waters. They're not out to convince you the Bible's true; just that the flood story might be based on truth, and that the Black Sea might be where it all happened.

I certainly found this investigation fascinating. I'd struggle to believe the flood didn't happen after reading this. But don't expect the dates to fit with any young-earth theories. This is real science and really ancient history (even ancient global warming, if that's not heresy).

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June 17, 2011
What a great topic. I'll be on the lookout for this one. Thanks for telling us about the book.
June 14, 2011
I agree with Adrianna.
June 11, 2011
It does sound like a fascinating investigation! I have a feeling I would really enjoy this book. Thanks for the recommendation!
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The Deluge of Noah has long been one of the points of tension between geology and Christianity. Scientific diluvianism--the theory that the earth's history was shaped by a universal flood--collapsed in the early 19th century, well before Charles Darwin wroteThe Origin of Species. Since that time, scientists and historians have assumed that the flood story derived from local events in Mesopotamia.

In 1997, geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan proposed the first truly novel interpretation of the flood in over 150 years. Their studies of sediments in the Black Sea convinced them that the body had been a freshwater lake until about 5600 B.C. When the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through the Bosporus, "ten cubic miles of water poured through each day, two hundred times what flows over Niagara Falls."

With great intellectual daring, Pitman and Ryan have moved outside of their academic niche to suggest that this event had enormous consequences for human history. They marshal evidence from archeology, mythology, linguistics, and agriculture to describe a flood-driven diaspora of early farmers. Subsets of these people became (variously) proto-Indo-Europeans, Sumerians, Beaker People, Vincas, Tocharians--the founders of the early cultures of Europe and western Asia. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ISBN-10: 9780684859200
ISBN-13: 978-0684859200
Author: William Ryan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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