Noah ‘Bout Bitumen?

In the discussion of issues with the Flood story in the Book of Genesis here on this blog recently, it was pointed out that there is another issue that hadn’t struck me before. Bitumen. Noah is supposed to make the ark waterproof using pitch. Bitumen forms from decomposed organic matter. And young-earth creationists claim that [Read More...]

Noah’s Arc

I hope I remember to share this the next time I see someone write “arc” instead of “ark.” [Read more...]

Something in the Flood Story isn’t Kosher

Telling stories in episodes over a long period of time regularly leads to continuity errors. The Bible is no exception. One that was drawn to my attention recently is the mention of kosher or clean animals in the flood story in Genesis. Genesis 7:2 is the first reference to clean animals, and it is made [Read More...]

Ark Poop Problem

I don’t normally share toilet humor. But the cartoon above (shared by Scott Bailey) makes an important point. It is not enough to say that you believe a story in the Bible to be literally true and historically factual. If that story, treated as history or science, has implications, then you are saying that you [Read More...]

Noah’s Precursor

Irving Finkel in the New York Times and The Telegraph and also Jerry Coyne on his blog (reprinted in The New Republic) have noted the interesting story (mentioned here a while back) about a Mesopotamian version of the flood myth, another one that is much older than Genesis, featuring a coracle – i.e. a round boat. Click through any [Read More...]

Utnapishtim’s Coracle

For some reason the fact that a Mesopotamian version of the flood story contains an enormous circular ark is making news headlines in the Daily Mail and the International Business Times. HT All Mesopotamia [Read more...]

Profiling

I understand the cartoon is mainly about the “coincidence” that it is the two beavers who are pulled out of the security line. But since beavers would be a risk to the ark mainly due to their use of their teeth, I’m not sure how scanning them with metal detectors would help… [Read more...]

Creation and Evolution: The True Stories

I had barely posted on the fact that the story of Noah's ark makes at least slightly more sense when one includes hyper-fast evolution, when the blog The Layman's Answer to Everything posted about the story of Noah's ark being a parable of evolution. When the metaphorical flood comes, the fittest survive. Then Chris Brady [Read More...]

Biblical Evolution

From Non Sequitur, via God of Evolution on Facebook [Read more...]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more...]

Noah’s Publisher

He was concerned with marketing to the young-earth creationist market, no doubt. Via Facebook   [Read more...]


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