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Where Did Noah’s Ark Land? A Reasonable Look at the Flood

One of the mis-statements by some who have peered at the flood account is the location of where the ark landed. At this question the general response is “Mount Ararat”. A little background on Mount Ararat, the elevation of this mountain is about 16,000 feet (actually 16,946 but who’s counting). If someone thought the ark of Noah had rested on top of this 16,000 ft mountain, it at least make sense why one would think the flood of Noah was global. But what does the text say?

In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. gen 8:4 nasb
 
The text says the ark rested on the “mountainS” of Ararat not Mount Ararat. It is a huge distinction. The range itself is a large complex of ranges. The area it covers ranges from the vicinity north and east of Mount Ararat down to the foothills along the Mesopotamian plan. That is more than 100,000 square miles. The ark of Noah could have rested anywhere in this region and it is reasonable to conclude that the reading of this section of the flood account does not require a global Flood interpretation.

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  1. RubeRad says:

    So the ark came to rest somewhere below the peaks of the Ararat range, but that was after months of receding waters. What about Gen 7:19 ” And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.” “under the whole heaven” seems to preclude just the mountains that would have been within the horizon that Noah’s perspective included.

    • Trey Jasso says:

      Hi Reuben

      There are two points I would use to respond to this verse.
      1. What we need to do in reading the Scripture is to determine when “all the world” is from a perspective or to be understood as a literal “global” interpretation. Here are two popular examples:

      Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

      and

      Acts 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

      The first is clearly perspective but not the second. While this is not conclusive in regards to the flood, I think we can look to other Scriptures to find support for how far the waters reached.

      2. Psalm 104 is a Creation psalm. The psalmist describes the creative acts of God and in light of those acts we read of a boundary God has set and established. In Psalm 104 we see that God has promised that after the mountains “rose” from the waters, he would set a boundary to limit the waters. God would never again have the waters cover the mountains (Ps 104:9)

      Ps 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations,
      so that it should never be moved.
      Ps 104:6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
      the waters stood above the mountains.
      Ps 104:7 At your rebuke they fled;
      at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
      Ps 104:8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
      to the place that you appointed for them.
      Ps 104:9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
      so that they might not again cover the earth.

      In light of these two points I don’t think we have to conclude a global flood.

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