November 17, 2011

The Quest for Noah's Flood

Video of a talk by Fredrik Hiebert at the Penn Museum.



Other interesting recent talks at the Penn:

7 comments:

  1. I watched the King Arthur/Camelot video and it was very interesting.

    One thing that stood out was the Roman empire trade routes that went from the Eastern Med to Cornwall/Wales, but also Cork/Kinsale, and Northern Ireland and SouthWest Scotland. In the shaded area of Eastern Roman Empire trade goods, it seems much of Ireland was covered.

    The lecturer also mentions that the Romans did actually establish themselves in Ireland, in and around today's Dublin.

    Does anyone have more information on either of these topics??

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  2. What does a hypothesized Black Sea flood of 7000 years before present have to do with a southern Levantine flood myth from 2500 years before present? Also, the hypothetical Black Sea flood affected the regions to the north of the Black Sea much more than the regions to the south of it; it is much more an Eastern European flood than an Anatolian/West Asian one. This research has nothing to do with any Noah and his flood and ark, which are all fictions.

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  3. The Romans were well acquainted with Ireland and its people, and it is known that the commercial relations between the Island and the Empire were frequent.
    There are no records of military expeditions, but Tacitus suggests that his father in law Julius Agricola studied the possibility to conquer the island: he said "We could conquer it using only one legion and some auxiliary troops".
    This means that the island was well known and familiar.

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  4. "What does a hypothesized Black Sea flood of 7000 years before present have to do with a southern Levantine flood myth from 2500 years before present?"

    My sentiments exactly.

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  5. @Onur
    It's not only a southern Levantine myth. You'll find at least three floods in Ancient Greek literature and in one of them it was supported that the Samothracians had the best memory of the event which correlates with the area of interest.

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  6. It's not only a southern Levantine myth. You'll find at least three floods in Ancient Greek literature and in one of them it was supported that the Samothracians had the best memory of the event which correlates with the area of interest.

    Anon, flood myths are widespread throughout the world in many different cultures, so there is no surprise there. BTW, there is no known connection between the Greek and the Judean flood myths; they seem to be totally unrelated.

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  7. "flood myths are widespread throughout the world in many different cultures"

    Quite. Even a local flood would tend to get bigger with the re-telling. Especially over the generations.

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