The Biblical story of the Flood in general can tell any Christian. Noah, being warned by God about the future of world square, built the ark. Then God flooded the earth, and were saved only by the righteous, then humanity began its history with a "clean slate."
However, this seemingly simple story, which in Genesis devoted only a few pages, keeps a lot of secrets. Understand them until the end has not yet been any scientist.
A tribe of giants
First, the researchers Bible question: why God punished people so cruel, destroying all but the righteous Noah and his family? Here's how to answer it myself holy book: "And the Lord God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil all the time, and it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and in the heart voskorbel his. And the Lord said: I will cut off from the world of men, whom I have created from man and beast, and the creeping things, and fowls of the air, for I am grieved that I have made them "(Book of Genesis. Ch. 6, Art. 5 — 7).
But ponder: expelled from paradise after the fall, people immediately began to do evil. To recall the murder of Abel by Cain. Then what did the last straw of the Lord?
We also find the answer in the Bible. In the Book of Genesis says: "When men began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said not forever My Spirit men because they are flesh days shall be an hundred and twenty years "(Book of Genesis. Ch. 6, p. 1-3).
These lines of the book of books are still a sticking point for scholars and scientists. First, what is meant by the phrase "sons of God" if God had only one Son, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ? Experts believe that there is likely an error crept into the translator or the Hebrew word lost its former meaning of, and in fact under the "sons of God" means angels, that is, originally sinless good people that were created before humans.
The Bible nowhere mentions that the angels are sexless and could not enter into relationship with people, as there is no explicit prohibition of God on marriage of men and angels. May ban this seemed so obvious that it does not even mention it needs. And that's what he was disturbed, caused the extermination of people.
According to another version of scientists, which seems more plausible, is not afraid to cohabitation heavenly and the earthly people, as its fruit. Confirmation of this hypothesis can be found in the same book of Genesis: "In that time there were giants on the earth, and especially from the time when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, it was the strongest of old, men of renown" ( Prince. Genesis. Ch. 6, p. 4). Experts interpret this verse differently, but most agree that the main evil, is to such unions, and children born to them, consisted in violation of God's plan. On the ground, there was a very different people, which was not in the plan of God, and is likely to impact the development of the people could be very dangerous.
In the language of geneticists, it is possible that the land would cease to dominate the human gene and to repopulate a completely different race, which was not in the mind of God. Foreseeing the consequences, God decided to destroy all the people, in which flowed mixed blood.
As we know from the Book of Genesis, Noah's family was different righteousness, that is, all of them, I think, had a pure blood, not mixed with angelic, so it is their God, and left to live as a pure genetic branch.
Here, of course, may again be asked, once miscegenation taboo, why Genesis calls Giants' strong of old, nice people "?
The answer to this apparent contradiction can also be found in the Bible. In Genesis, the first birth is given the genealogy of people, and, following the terms of their lives, we see that since about as long as "sons of God" were down to earth, the human life span, before which stood eight hundred years and more, was reduced to one hundred and twenty .
Ark — a prototype aircraft carrier?
In Genesis great detail the process of building the ark. It had an elongated shape, was completely sealed and provided that all the hatches battened down, actually turned into something like a submarine.
Although the floodwaters poured on the ground constantly, such leaks. contributed to the
all present there, men and animals (as we know, Noah collected a pair of every living on the Earth, "creature") can feel safe.
Hard to believe that early man without divine intervention would have come up with the idea to create such a unique vessel, to which military shipbuilders have guessed, only about a hundred years ago. Modern scholars believe that the parameters of the ship were not chosen by chance — it is with such proportions built today ocean carriers, which ensures maximum stability during storms.
At the top of Mount Ararat
As narrated in the Bible, when the flood ceased and the water began to recede, the ark stood on top of Mount Ararat, where Noah and his companions down to earth.
The search for the Ark on the mountain began in the beginning of the last century. With the advent of aerial photographs of the mountain repeatedly Russian, English and French pilots. However, the quality of the then shooting left much to be desired. The only thing that managed to prove first
pictures peaks of Mount Ararat — on top of the mountain really is a large object, shape resembling a huge boat.
More accurate images could be obtained only at the beginning of this century with the advent of global satellite monitoring, which allows you to see from space any object at the earth's surface. Data from the Canadian and U.S. satellites were almost identical. Clearly visible in the pictures huge boat, in a similar ratio as stated in the Bible. Its dimensions are impressive: the length of the object is 309 meters. All this, of course, favors the truth of biblical history.
The crash site
The Biblical story of the Flood has close parallels to the Sumerian, Akkadian and Babylonian myths relating to the same accident. Thus, in the ancient Sumerian myth (end III millennium BC. E.) Darling of the gods, saved from the flood, was Ziusundra, narrated in the epic of Gilgamesh — Utnapishtim. Some scientists believe that the biblical name Noah (Hoax) — is actually a translation of the Akkadian Nuhhu (Relieved).
These comparative religious studies have revealed that the story of the Flood is spread only among the peoples of the ancient East and Mediterranean civilization. Neither Nordic nor the U.S., nor the African tribes of similar legends not.
Modern scientists, not only in one voice say that the flood — it's not a myth, but even offer several possible scenarios for its implementation. The easiest option — a bit to shift the earth's axis, and the waters of the ocean, as if to throw out of the cup, will cover an area of land required.
But the more likely to specialists is a method which is just described in the Bible — namely, the "open source abyss" that is underground water bodies. In essence, we live on huge reservoirs of water, and is open unto them the land was bound to be flooded. Moreover, the sharp increase in humidity in a particular region will certainly provoke incessant downpours. So there is no reason not to believe the biblical tradition.
Source: "Interesting newspaper. Riddles civilization" № 16
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