Wednesday, April 28, 2010

235: Has Noah's Ark Been Found?

Jeremiah 38-41
"So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud." - Jeremiah 38:6

Some of the kings officials hear of Jeremiah's blasphemous claims (namely that Jerusalem will be destroyed, and it's people handed over to Babylon). They are so angry with Jeremiah for his prophecies that they ask the king to throw him down a cistern. The king agrees (basically he says, "whatever, I don't care") so they throw him down the cistern. Fortunately, the cistern was empty at the time so there was only a little mud in the bottom. Eventually Jeremiah is rescued by some of the more level headed of the king's officials.

After being removed from the cistern, the king calls Jeremiah to ask him questions again. Jeremiah is hesitant to answer these questions honestly because he's afraid he's going to be thrown down the cistern again or even killed. Zedekiah assures him that he won't kill him or hand him over to be killed. Jeremiah just tells the king again to surrender to the Babylonians or he will be killed. I guess the king is only pissed off sometimes when Jeremiah tells him this.

In chapter 39 the Babylonians march on Jerusalem. Zedekiah tries to run but is quickly overtaken by the Babylonian army. The king of Babylon then slaughters Zedekiah's sons right in front of him. Shortly after this, Nebuchadnezzar pokes out Zedekiah's eyes and shackles him to take him to Babylon. I thought Zedekiah was going to be allowed to surrender to the Babylonians without he or his family being harmed. I guess Zedekiah wasn't supposed to run from the Babylonians.

The capture of Jerusalem turns out to be a great deal for Jeremiah. He is freed from the courtyard and sent with the rest of the Israelite captives on their way to Babylon. One of the commanders of the Babylonian army sees him and somehow knows who he is, so he sets him free to go wherever he wants.

On his way out of the city, Nebuchadnezzar appoints a man (Gedaliah) to rule over the Israelites he is going to leave in Jerusalem. The Ammonites send a man named Ishmael to assassinate this new leader (for whatever reason). A remaining official from Jerusalem's army warns Gedaliah that he is going to be assassinated, but he won't listen.

Sure enough, Ishmael kills Gedaliah. Not only does he kill him, but he kills all the Jews and the Babylonians that are with him. The next day a group of 80 mourners comes to Mizpah (where Gedaliah was staying) to see Gedaliah. Ishmael comes out to meet them, crying. As soon as he's lured the mourners into the city he has all but ten of them slaughtered and thrown in the cistern. Nice guy.

The remaining officers from Jerusalem's army try to kill Ishmael for his crimes. They end up chasing him out of the city but they are unable to kill him. The officers from Jerusalem's army take the survivors of Mizpah and flee the city. They run because they fear retribution from the Babylonians (even though they aren't the ones that killed Gedaliah).

*News*
The answer to the question in the title is no (and it probably never will be).

The latest ark find is almost certainly a hoax (I'm 99.9% sure, to coin a phrase). But you wouldn't know that if you'd only read the Faux News article. Their hard hitting journalism has struck again. They forgot to mention that nobody had confirmed the carbon dating tests ("Noah's Ark Ministries" claims the wood was dated at 4,800 years old), or that the Chinese weren't allowing anyone else to see the site except for through pictures. There is also an unconvincing video:



The nail in the coffin of this hoax comes by way of a letter from a former sponsor of the Chinese/Turkish expedition:
I was the archaeologist with the Chinese expedition in the summer of 2008 and was given photos of what they now are reporting to be the inside of the Ark. I and my partners invested $100,000 in this expedition (described below) which they have retained, despite their promise and our requests to return it, since it was not used for the expedition. The information given below is my opinion based on what I have seen and heard (from others who claim to have been eyewitnesses or know the exact details).

To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat. In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get inside because of the severe weather conditions. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film. As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the so-called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters – something just not possible in these conditions) and our Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location, the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that transported it.
Yet another "ark discovery" that's proven to be fake.

(via PaleoBabble)

2 comments:

  1. I must be psychic. I knew this would be the NEWS today.

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