The story of Noah and the Ark was one of my favorite Bible stories as a child. Picturing Noah gathering up the animals, two by two and guiding them into the Ark to save them from the flood waters is a beautiful message of hope. As with any historical story, many people seek to prove or disprove history by searching for evidence and facts one way or another. Henri Nissen, author of Noah’s Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries looks at the mystery of Noah’s Ark over the past thousand years.
This book was inspired by the sightings of what could possibly be Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat. Andrew Yuan is one of the founders of Noah’s Ark Ministries (NAMI) and he feels strongly that the Ark is located on Mt. Ararat. He, with Sparkling Sun, produced a documentary called The Days of Noah that explores the cave thought to hold Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat. Noah’s Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries begins with the story of Noah’s Ark and discusses the fact that a flood narrative is found in many cultures, not only the Christian Bible. This section discusses the flood stories of the Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans, and Aboriginals — and lists 212 different accounts of the flood along with a corresponding map. There is also an interesting section that shows similarities of the flood across cultures such as the fact that 88% of the flood stories are about a family that is saved, 70% tell of a boat that saved the survivors, 55% blame the catastrophe on mankind’s evilness, and 67% include animals being saved. The story of Noah and the Ark is also explored in depth as is the location of the Ark and the people of the Ararat region. Also explored are other stories from the Bible including the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel. The history of the Ark and mentions of it continue forward from Josephus all the way up to the boat shaped object found in 1948. Included are many photographs, maps and interviews with the people who feel they have found the Ark.
Part two of the book discusses the great discovery of the Ark by the Chinese and Noah’s Ark Ministries International. You will learn about what was found on Mt. Ararat and different theories about the dating of its age. There are a number of interviews included with people involved in the discovery and search for more information. This section contains a great number of color photographs of the wooden structure found on Mt. Ararat as well as official coverage of the discovery as it appeared in Hong Kong, China, and Holland. The section also takes a look at the climb up Mt. Ararat by a Danish mountaineer after NAMI officially cancelled their expedition. The book looks at doubts about whether or not the discovery by the Chinese is a hoax.
Part three is a wrap up and an overall look at Noah’s Ark and the possible discovery on Mt. Ararat. This section gives a great overview of the various theories on the discovery and the different thoughts of both faith and science. It also examines different stories that may support the great flood like the drowned cities in the Pacific Ocean and Atlantis. You’ll also learn about different events in history that may be related to the great flood like the meteor showers before the flood and other scientific data. Noah’s Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries by Henri Nissen is a truly amazing resource. It is loaded with photographs, maps, charts, drawings, and information about Noah’s Ark and the great flood. It also contains a time table of pre-historic times for reference and a look at The Book of Jasher (which is named twice in The Old Testament) and how it relates to Noah’s Ark. It is truly a comprehensive work on the subject.Powered by Sidelines