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Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About The Event That Changed… (original 1998; edition 2000)
by William Ryan (Author)
Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About The Event That Changed History by William Ryan (1998)
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2022 book #8. 1999. During the last ice age the Black Sea was a large fresh water lake. When the Mediterranean crashed back in the prehistoric peoples living there scattered giving rise to various flood myths like Noah's Ark. That's the theory. Interesting read. ( )
The new scientific discoveries about the event that changed history.
Let's take a look at the historical evidence to find where the Great Flood took place.
That's the concept that William Ryan and Walter Pitman came up with some years ago, and through dedicated research, oceonographic mapping and discovery, and some luck, along with scientists unwittingly on similar paths through the ages, they have announced their findings here, in this book. Part scientific investigation, part historical detective work, in Noah's Flood Pitman and Ryan find the actual physical evidence that could explain one of the oldest stories in existence, and why that story seems to be so prevalent in societies across the globe.
Definitely a good read, if a little dry at points, but worth it if you, like me, are on the search for the potential truth behind the fiction of our ancestors. I read this as part of my World History foray into my Read Your Library project, and I highly recommend it.
“We need not try to make history out of legend, but we ought to assume that beneath much that is artificial or incredible there lurks something of fact.” –C. Leonard Wooley, 1934
With this quote, the authors set the tone for the story of their exploration of the Black Sea basin. 7,500 years ago, their research determined, rising sea levels on the Mediterranean broke through a barricade and plunged into the Black Sea with a force 400 times greater than that of Niagara Falls, its thundering sound carrying at least 60 miles. Could this event have spawned the flood legends we read of in so many cultures, including the Hebrew story of Noah and the Ark? “The details given in the inscriptions describing the Flood leave no doubt that both the Bible and the Babylonian story describe the same event, and the Flood becomes the starting point for the modern world in both histories.” Could it be that people driven from their villages spread advances in agriculture and irrigation throughout Mesopotamia?
Because of the impact these flood stories have had on various cultures for so long, this is a fascinating topic for me. For the most part, the research of Ryan and Pitman has been well-received, and the general theory (if not all the details) deserves to be treated seriously. More recent research validates that a sudden flood event may indeed have occurred as suggested, though perhaps not at the magnitude described in Ryan and Pitman’s hypothesis.
The writing is interesting, and it reads like a scientific detective story. This isn’t a new book; it’s now thirteen years old, and you can pick it up used at Amazon for pennies.
This book provided an interesting and very probable take on things. A little dry but worth the read.
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For thousands of years, the legend of a great flood has endured in the biblical story of Noah and in such Middle Eastern myths as the epic of Gilgamesh. Few believed that such a catastrophic deluge had actually occurred. But now geophysicists have discovered an event that changed history, a sensational flood 7,600 years ago in what is today the Black Sea. Using sound waves and coring devices to probe the sea floor, they discovered clear evidence that this inland body of water had once been a vast freshwater lake lying hundreds of feet below the level of the world's rising oceans. The authors explore the archaeological, genetic, and linguistic evidence suggesting that the flood rapidly created a human diaspora that spread as far as Western Europe, Central Asia, China, Egypt, and the Persian Gulf. They suggest that the Black Sea People could well have been the mysterious proto-Sumerians, who developed the first great civilization in Mesopotamia, the source of our own.
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