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Skeptical view of the flood myth As skeptics have long been aware there was no global flood in the last 5000 years a boatload of animals did not ground on so-called Mount Ararat or on any mountain and the worlds animals are not descended from two or seven pairs of each species that lived during the third millennium BC Nor is there any archaeological proof that a man survived a flood by being on a boat loaded with animals food and drinking water The Noahs Ark book summarized here does not claim historicity for Noah or the ark story but the book does claim that some of the story elements in the Ancient Near East flood were based on an actual river flood This archaeologically attested flood of the Euphrates River has been radiocarbon dated to about 2900 BC This flood left a few feet of yellow mud in the Sumerian city Shuruppak the ruins of which have been found at Tel Fara about 125 miles southeast of Baghdad Some but not all Sumerian cities also show signs of this river flood at the beginning of the Early Dynastic I period According to the Sumerian King List a legendary king named Ziusudra lived in Shuruppak at the time of the flood There was also a flood myth about king Ziusudra which includes several story elements very similar to the Genesis flood myth Shuruppak was also the flood heros city according to the Epic of Gilgamesh The flood myth in the Epic of Gilgamesh was adapted from an earlier myth the Epic of Atrahasis which is also very similar to the Genesis flood myth Six of these Ancient Near East flood myths contain numerous distinctive story elements that are very similar to the Genesis flood myth and indicate a literary affinity or dependency on a common body of myths about the flood hero Ziusudra and based on the Euphrates River flood of 2900 BC
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