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.