Other similar accounts such as those of Xisuthros (Greek account of the last King of Sumer before the flood) and Deucalion (Greek legendary character from Arcadia who survives the flood brought on by Zeus) exist, but are variations of those cited above.
Elsewhere, in Persia, the Zoroastrian account of Yim and the Hindu story of Manu in India also cover the same events though with different details.
Moreover, academic research into the possibility of such a great deluge suggests that the ice would have taken a long time to fully melt and this would not necessarily have been a gradual process, so that surges of melting ice might have resulted in climatic disasters (Wilson, p.8).
Due to the scarcity of direct historical evidence from that time, while we know the core of the story, it is harder to piece together historical details.
and his Ark has intrigued people for thousands of years.
Here, we explore the differing accounts of the story, possible locations for the flood and catch up on current research. Can modern-day archaeological research shed any light on this incident?
According to the Bible, at Noah’s God saw that mankind had become corrupt and violent and had moved away from the worship of God.
Therefore, God planned to punish mankind: ‘For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life.’ (Genesis ) God then advised Noah had done this, the great flood came: ‘…
These include: – This epic was first discovered as a series of tablets in Nineveh; Tablet XI deals with the great deluge. The god Ea threatens a great flood and orders Ut-Napishtim to build a boat of six decks to keep all of the species alive.
The storm arrives with thunder and heavy rain, and the flood flattens the land.
Secondly, the Qur’an refers to the resting place of the Ark as al-Judi, which means a high place. In contrast, the Bible implies that the deluge covered the whole globe, drowning everyone.
Early Muslim commentators, such as Yaqut al-Hamwi, believed the mountains to be the range to the east of Mosul rather than Ararat. (Yahya, p.16) Finally, the Holy Qur’an also seems to imply that in the future, archaeologists will find evidence of the Ark.
The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.