Image: A panel by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in Rome depicting the Flood.
Dr. Sean Kingsley, a British marine archaeologist, has published an article in which he proposes that Noah’s Flood was the result of a deluge that occurred in Israel more than 7,000 years ago. According to this theory, the flood submerged six Neolithic villages opposite the Carmel Mountains.
Kingsley’s theory was published in the Bulletin of the Anglo-Israeli Archaeological Society. According to Kingsley, the “drowning of the Carmel Mountains villages – which include houses, temples, graves, water wells, workshops and stone tools – is by far the most compelling archeological evidence exposed to date for Noah’s flood.”
However, Ehud Galili, an Israeli archeologist who has worked at the site, has rejected Kingsley’s theory. He said: “Based on our archeological finds, the village was not abandoned due to a catastrophic event, but due to the slow rise of sea levels which occurred all over the world. The pace of the increase in the sea level was very slow, so that it would not be significant enough for people to remember it in the course of their lifetime.”
You can read the news report about this new theory here.
I agree with Galili. This theory about Noah’s flood is only a theory and does not agree with the description of the events related to the flood in the book of Genesis.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tags: Archaeology, Ehud Galili, Flood, Noah, Sean Kingsley
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>I assume this theory would completely discount the idea of parallels with Mesopotamian flood legends. A lot of OT textbooks would have to be rewritten 🙂
>Darrell,That is right. This theory would make all those books dealing with the flood obsolete. Can you imagine the market for the new books using this new theory? But since this new theory will never gain ground, we are stuck with the old books.On a serious note, I enjoyed your post on better writing and the use of FOCUS. I am going to recommend my students to read it.Claude Mariottini
>This theory is scary, the world is suffering from climate change. Hope the history will not be repeated just because of people's misdoings.
>Lea,The theory may be scary, but when confronted with these kinds of proposals, we must remember what God said: “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11).Claude Mariottini
>Claude, that was a great writing. Thanks for sharing about climate change and the past.
>Yani,Thank you for your nice words. I am glad that you found the post informative.Welcome to my blog.Claude Mariottini