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.

23rd February, 2014
The Dove Sent Forth From The Ark, an 1870 artwork by Gustave Dore.

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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