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...]

Young-Earth Creationists are Full of Hot Air When it Comes to the Flood

Facebook friends have pointed out a few interesting tidbits related to the notion of a global flood in Genesis. One pointed out Genesis 8:1, which says: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the [Read More...]

Animals in the Bible

Both of these were drawn to my attention by my wife: JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.’ Concerned, James asked: ‘What happened to [Read More...]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more...]


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