Looking For The Bible on the Map

Genesis 8:4 (KJV)

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

This one technically belongs in Archeobiblical, but I guess it’s a misperception.  Besides, it’s been well over a year since I last posted in this category.

I see this all the time; Someone sees a location in the Bible and wants to find where it is. I used to do that all the time. But you can’t just whip out a modern atlas or Google Maps and look up, for example, Canaan.

Csnaan

That’s because Canaan doesn’t exist anymore. It became Israel, and other areas. So looking at a modern map, you wouldn’t find it.

I’ve seen nonbelievers use this to disprove the Bible. “It’s not on the map, so it doesn’t exist”. Yes, it doesn’t exist…now!”. Look at a map of Europe from a hundred years ago and it looks much different than it does now. Heck, look a map from last week! I mean, technically this Brexit thing isn’t going to really change the map, but when they colour code certain maps, the UK will be a different colour.

Anyway, what got me wanting to do this is that I forgot to add one small detail in my Noah’s Ark post. Durupınar site, the official name for the location, is fifteen miles south of Mount Ararat. This is important and one of the major reason why I, and others, believe this to be the Ark.

If Mount Ararat sounds familiar, then it’s because it’s where countless people have explored in search of Noah’s Ark. That’s where the Bible said the Ark landed. But go reread the opening verse again. “…mountains of Ararat“. MountainS, plural. Ararat was the name of the region, not the name of the mountain. The area’s name was later changed to Turkey, and the mountain was given the name Ararat.

But the fact that the Ark isn’t isn’t sitting on the mountain, so many “experts”, most of them fellow believers, deny that Durupinar is the Ark. If they’d read the Bible, they’d find that it is.

Speaking of which, even Google Maps recognizes Durupinar Site as Noah’s Ark. which I honestly didn’t expect!

Noah's Ark

 

But anyway, the same goes for countless other locations listed in the Bible. Most of those cities, kingdoms, and nations no longer exist, so you’d need an ancient map to look for them. Just because they’re not on Google Maps (though after that Noah’s Ark thing I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least a marker letting you know something was there once), doesn’t mean the Bible is disproved.

Noah’s Ark

Genesis 8:4 (KJV)

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

One of the most popularly debated stories of the Bible is the story of Noah’s Ark, the story in Genesis when God destroys the Earth for man’s wickedness, yet saves Noah and his family because of his faith. Part of the reason it’s “debunkable” by skeptics is that multiple cultures around the world have a similar story. So many, in fact, that there’s a Wikipedia article about them. With so many cultures having similar myths, that proves the account in the Bible is just a myth, right?

Well, think about it. If the Great Flood actually happened, isn’t that EXACTLY what you would expect would happen? Noah’s family left the ark and their descendants scattered around the world, but the story of what happened was passed down from generation to generation. Each of the different versions in the different cultures are too oddly specific to be a mere made up myth.

Imagine a thousand years from now. People will still be talking about World War II or 9/11. There might be slightly different versions, but that won’t mean the real history behind the stories is a complete myth. The same is true with the Flood story. Because of the witnesses to biblical history, we can study the Bible outside of the Bible.

But if the ark was real, surely it must have been found already.

It has been found already. And don’t call me Shirley.

Ron Wyatt is often credited as being the person who found Noah’s Ark. This may be news to you, because it was news to me when I heard about it a year ago. He discovered it in 1979. Yes, 36 years ago, and you’re likely just now finding out about it. It wasn’t just him saying it, either. Experts have examined the object and determined it has to be the ark. Durupınar site, as it’s officially called, matches not only the biblical location of the resting place for the ark, but also the dimensions described in the Bible, taking into account the aging of the wood.

Here is a two hour documentary detailing everything about the discovery, I would very highly recommend giving it a watch.