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  •  The Flood wasn't plagarized. (2+ / 0-)
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    SuWho, Orinoco

    The Biblical and Gilgamesh accounts both appear to be written versions of the same local tale that probably came from a survivor of the Black Sea water rise around the time cities were beginning. The name Noah and the name of his counterpart in Gilgamesh appear to be very closely related, so the ultimate source could be the same Black Sea flood refugee. But enough minor details are different that I personally wouldn't think one was written by someone who had read or heard the other written account.

    There's a different northern strain of the flood account with very different names and very different details that passed through the Greeks and into Roman mythology.

    (And of course for researching this people I grew up with in church looked at me like I was taking great risks with my very soul, so part of your point definitely stands - they don't want to take a good hard look at what they believe, and question anyone who takes the time to.)

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:16:09 AM PST

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    •  The surface area of the earth (0+ / 0-)

      Is approximately 453 million square miles , how do we account for the Aborignes of Australia ,who were isolated until  Whites  settle Australia ,did they orignates from Noah offspring, what about the  caveman who were on earth 100 of thousand of years ,before  Noah, who was  supposely offspring of Adam and Eve children

      •  I didn't say I believed the flood story as written (2+ / 0-)
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        SuWho, wonderful world

        But something definitely did happen at the Black Sea when the water rose. It's just a question of what.

        Whatever did happen, it was localized to the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. Places where the refugees did not go would not have heard about it and would not have been affected. There were other places where the remaining melt from the last ice age would have caused significant sea level rise over time, but nothing so sudden as when the Black Sea filled to current levels.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:39:35 AM PST

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      •  Eddie Izzard (3+ / 0-)

        Noah: @2Ducks Get in the boat.

         2Ducks: @Noah We’re not coming.

         Noah: @2Ducks You have to come.

        God: There’s a big flood coming your way.

         2Ducks: @Noah So? We float either way.

         2Swams: Why didn’t we think of that?

      •  Because "as far as the eye could see" means just (1+ / 0-)
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        wonderful world

        that, not "the entire world".  Assuming an eye level of 6.7 feet (2 meters) that would be only a 3.1 mile (5 km) radius.

        And I would think that not abandoning an "ark" (barge) that was 10 times larger than normal for that era would be a very good motivation for not fleeing for higher land, wouldn't you?  Not to mention the penalty for not being able to pay your debts was being sold into slavery.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:50:29 PM PST

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