Uncovering another twist in the Ark's fabled journey
The Ark Before Noah. Decoding the Story of the Flood. By Irving Finkel. Hodder & Stoughton, €18.90. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.
If the true origins of Noah's Ark are unknown to you, then this is a book that might be best read in complete solitude, without the dangers of others around.
The first person who traced the great Biblical story back to a myth handed down from Mesopotamia was George Smith, an assistant at the British Museum in 1872. When George deciphered this from a clay tablet, the young man was so overwhelmed that he immediately...
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