Before the flood : the biblical flood as a real event and how it changed the course of civilization / Ian Wilson. [print]Material type: TextPublication details: New York : St. Martin's Press, [(c)2002. Edition: 1st U.S. edDescription: xv, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0312304005; 9780312304003Other title: Biblical flood as a real event and how it changed the course of civilizationSubject(s): Bible. Genesis -- Antiquities | Deluge | Antiquities | Middle East | History of contemporary events | Black Sea Region | Excavations (Archaeology)LOC classification: BS658.B446 2002BS658.W748.B446 2002Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description COPYRIGHT NOT covered - Click this link to request copyright permission:
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Originally published: London : Orion, 2001.
The great Biblical flood described in Genesis has long been a subject of fascination and speculation. In the 19th century the English archbishop James Ussher established it as having happened in the year 2348 B.C., calculating what was then taken as the age of the earth and working backward through the entire series of Biblical "begats." Proof of the flood, which is an element of so many creation myths, began in earnest when archaeology started connecting physical evidence with Biblical story. As historian Ian Wilson reveals in this new book, evidence of a catastrophic event has been building steadily, culminating in the work of William Ryan and Walter Pitman. Several years ago Ryan and Pitman had posited that around 5600 BC there had been an inundation in the Black Sea of such proportions that it turned the freshwater lake into a saltwater lake by connecting it to the Mediterranean. Were that true, they estimated that there would be signs of civilization 300 feet below the surface of the Black Sea. In September 2000, using his famous underwater equipment, Robert Ballard explored parts of the Black Sea near the Turkish shore and found the remains of wood houses. There had been a flood that destroyed everything around it for hundreds of miles, killing tens of thousands of people. Exploring all the archeological evidence, Wilson explains how the Black Sea flood and the Biblical flood have to be connected. In particular, Wilson argues that the center of the civilized world was further to the West than previously thought-not in Egypt or Mesopotamia but in what is today Northern Turkey. The earliest, antediluvian civilizations may have migrated east into those places we have come to call the cradles of civilization, forced by the Black Sea flood to create new settlements.
What's in a date? ; When the ice melted Noah family of flood stories Modern-day flood myths Black Sea 'burst-through' ; Amazing finds Verdant landscapes First geneticists First accountancy Stone age metropolis Double catastrophe Whither the diaspora? ; Who had the ships? ; Who stayed at home? ; African interlude Empire of the goddess When patriarch met matriarch Atlantis: Fact or fiction? ; Lingering memory Continuing quest Notes and references Bibliography Appendix: Some key documents.
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