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Choisya
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Noah's Ark was round!

An ancient Babylonian tablet has revealed that Noah was instructed to build a circular boat.

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Kreggory
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Re: Noah's Ark was round!

The Biblical text actually give dimesions - 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high.

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Joseph_F
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Re: Noah's Ark was round!

The problem with those dimensions is we don't actually know how long a cubit is. Any definition of a cubit is just an educated (or not-so-educated) guess.

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Texas-Buckeye
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Re: Noah's Ark was round!

As long as the cubit is a consistent measure, then the Biblcal diminsions would preclude a round ark.

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Joseph_F
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Re: Noah's Ark was round!

Well, presumably the point of this find is an alternate version of the same religious story (a Babylonian version, in this case) rather than a disagreement about the shape of a historical ark.

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Kreggory
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Re: Noah's Ark was round!

The discussion is not a debate but comparison of texts.  Almost every culture on the planet with a written history has a flood story.  Most however do not have the detail of the Genesis account with dimensions, technique and materials.  There is a wonderful apologetic book dealing with the flood called The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris.  This book discusses every detail of comparison and occurrence also likelihood and geologic evidence of a world wide cataclysm.