The recent translation of a Babylonian tablet launches a groundbreaking investigation into one of the most famous stories in the world, challenging the way we look at ancient history.
Since the Victorian
period, it has been understood that the story of Noah, iconic in the Book of
Genesis, and a central motif in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, derives from a
much older story that existed centuries before in ancient Babylon. But the
relationship between the Babylonian and biblical traditions was shrouded in
In 2009, Irving Finkel, a curator at the British Museum and a
world authority on ancient Mesopotamia, found himself playing detective when a
member of the public arrived at the museum with an intriguing cuneiform tablet
from a family collection. Not only did the tablet reveal a new version of the
Babylonian flood story—the ancient poet described the size and completely
unexpected shape of the ark and gave detailed boat building specifications.
Decoding this ancient message wedge by cuneiform wedge, Dr. Finkel discovered
where the Babylonians believed the ark came to rest and developed a new
explanation of how the old story ultimately found its way into the Bible.
In The Ark Before Noah, Dr. Finkel
takes us on an adventurous voyage of discovery that opens the door to an
enthralling world of ancient voices and new meanings. Download and start listening now!