Sunday, 5 April 2015

I smell a rat on Mt Ararat & Aragats

The old 'scriptural' texts are so vague that they can be bent to mean anything you want but there is no detailed description in the Bible [or any other religious text prior to 1492 ] of the world as we see it today. There is no mention in scripture of the agricultural revolution, industrial revolution, space age or information age, no mention of other continents eg North America, Australia or Antartica, no mention of how to make lenses to improve eyesight or to make microscopes & telescopes to start finding out about stuff to improve human welfare through technology.

The water flow in the Euphrates & Tigris are now controlled by the many dams built across it in the last 3 decades, you don't read about hydroelectric in the Bible.

Try reading about.Wikipedia about the Southeastern Anatolia Project (Turkish: Güneydoğu Anadolu Projesi, GAP) is a multi-sector integrated regional development project based on the concept of sustainable development for the 9 million people (2005) living in the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. GAP's basic aim is to eliminate regional development disparities by raising people's income level and living standards; and to contribute to such national development targets as social stability and economic growth by enhancing the productive and employment generating capacity of the rural sector.

Before constructing the dams for this scheme archaeological surveys of the sites were carried out and found many ancient relics such as at Nevali Cori where they found  Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) dating back to 7000 BCE.

Look at the Wikipedia article on Mt Aragats (which is not too far from Mt Ararat) on the Armenian highlands. The Western and Southern slopes of Mt. Aragats are home to many petroglyphs dating from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age.

Note that Reverend James Ussher used Bible genealogy to work out that the Bible puts the Noah's flood at 2300 BCE.  There are many reasons to think that the Bible is a collection of myth, fiction, fantasy, wild imaginings. It is more interesting to see it that way, more plausible. The Noah's flood is probably a revised version of the Gilgamesh flood epic. It would be only natural for people writing in Babylonia to talk about the Armenian Highland  where the Euphrates starts out. However I read the oldest Hebrew texts only have the word "rrt" which was later rendered Ararat but no one is sure.

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