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