The Ark before Noah by Irving Finkel audiobook

The Ark before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood

By Irving Finkel
Read by Irving Finkel and Gareth Armstrong

Tantor Audio 9780385537117
9.03 Hours Unabridged
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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 mystery. Then, 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, opening the door to an enthralling world of ancient voices and new meanings.

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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 mystery. Then, 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, opening the door to an enthralling world of ancient voices and new meanings.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[Finkel's] conclusions will send ripples into the world of creationism and among ark hunters. Guardian
“Engaging and informative…Finkel is an enthusiast and shows evident delight in bringing this find to the wider public.” Wall Street Journal
“A gem of a book.” New Yorker
“A serious book, but rarely a heavy one: in a sprightly good-humoured way, Finkel communicates the thrill of true scholarship…This book does more than change the way we imagine the sources of a Bible story, however. It rescues cuneiform from its dusty place in the museum basement…Fresh and exciting.” Sunday Times (London)
“The charged thrill of Finkel’s chase permeates the book—the pages don’t just join dots, they supply new pieces for a beautiful, Bronze-Age jigsaw-puzzle…Consistently scholarly and droll, Finkel’s writing is also eccentrically vivid…It is a joy, at times laugh-out-loud funny…The antediluvian past of the Middle East might seem arcane but this book demonstrates its relevance…Thank God there are still men who can translate [these ancient] messages.” Times (London)
“[Finkel’s] conclusions will send ripples into the world of creationism and among ark hunters.” Guardian (London)

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Reviews

by Emily 9/13/2017
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Could I be an Assyriologist

Perhaps the only criticism I could level at this delightful book of popular scholarship is that its title is far too modest. Really, it is far more than a historical reconstruction of the transmission of the flood myth (complete with animals marching into a boat "two by two" . . . or was it "two by two with some seven by seven"). The author gives vital, and fascinating, historical background into the world of cuneiform script. He clearly loves the career he has made for himself in reading "clay tablets." So much so that it is hard to read the book (and I've listened to it twice now) without desperately wishing one had chosen Assyriology as one's field of study instead of what I actually chose.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English