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Where is Noah's Ark?


Genesis Says the Ark Rested on Mount Ararat

Genesis 11:
1And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
2The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.


Most people stop here and think of what is called Mount Ararat in Turkey. It a big beautiful mountain but that does not make it the place where the ark rested. Tradition says it is the location of the ark but what does the Bible say?


Ararat Is East of Iraq

Genesis 11:
1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.


Verse 2 says, "as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there." They built the tower of Babel and later founded Babylon which is about 100 miles southwest of Baghdad. They didn't come from the north, northeast or northwest. Some people think east really means "to the east". Whether they journeyed to, or from, the east, Turkey is the wrong place. Review the progression of events.

  1. Noah's ark landed.
  2. They journeyed from the east.
  3. They built the tower of Babel.
  4. After that, then, they were divided into the nations. Not before.


Archeologists Are Looking in the Wrong Place

The result is that seminary professors, pastors and teachers are providing bad information. Expeditions to find archeological remains of the ark in Turkey are a waste of time and money. They just make Christians look bad. Why would you expect to find the ark anyway? If it were not buried in an alluvial flow or mud slide why wouldn't people use it for buildings or firewood? If new trees were growing after the flood without a miracle not mentioned in the Bible they would not be big enough for timber. Why destroy new trees? Also, why chop down new growth when a huge source of firewood was available? Noah's Ark landed east of Iraq's plain of Shinar and not in Turkey.



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