At the landing site of the ark – Page 1

I have found the resting place of the ark of noah - with Google Earth! Of course, that sounds a little bit crazy, so let me expain: In my book »Bible Earth« (only available in German) I wrote one year ago: »If Google Earth one day would offer high-resolution images of Mount Ararat, we can probably find the ark!« There are no better pictures of Ararat yet, but perhaps the ark is to be found somewhere else. In fact I think it had been on the Mount Cudi, as also mentioned shortly in my book. And Google's data offers better images of that area now!

Did Noah's Ark really exist?

This question is very important, because the credibility of the Bible is questioned by most researchers and also by many theologians today. Even the stories of David, Moses and Abraham are often described as legends. How could you then believe that a man and his family survived a worldwide flood within a ship?

But there is not only the biblical report about a Great Flood. Even the famous old-Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh tells about it, as well as many other traditions and cultures around the world. There are also some geological evidences of a Great Flood - at least in Mesopotamia.

Why should the Ark not have been landed on Mount Ararat?

Today the story of Noah is closely linked with the Mount Ararat at the Turkish border to Armenia. The Jewish and Christian traditions know only that possibility. Therefore a high amount of expeditions in the past 60 years tried to find remnants of the ark inside the glaciers upon the mountain with an elevation of over 5000 meters / 15000 ft. Again and again, there were reportings about wooden structures or remains under the ice - but nothing could have been certainly proved. Some researchers are now assuming that nobody is able to find anything, because searches took place on the wrong location.

The Koran tells about the Mount Cudi as the landing site of the ark. Even the Bible offers this option: the description Ararat could be identical to the Assyrian Urartu, an area in the north of Mesopotamia. The Mount Nisir mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh seems to not Mount Ararat far north of Babylonia. Werner Keller wrote in his famous book »The Bible as History«: »Old-babylonian texts describe very exactly where the Mountain Nisir is located: Between the Tigris and the Zab River, where the mountains of Kurdistan suddenly rise from the flat banks of the Tigris River.« The first mountain north of the Tigris is the Cudi Dagi!

One supporter of Mount Cudi is Bill Crouse, the reasons for his opinion is availalble as PDF at the web: Geological and historical reasons why Noah's ark did not land on Mt. Ararat in Turkey He also is one of the authors of a very interesting article in the magazine Bible and Spade (Autumn 2006), where he describes in detail why Cudi should be the preferred mountain of the ark's landing. Within the article »Mount Cudi  True Mountain of Noah's Ark« he mentions sources like the »Book of the Jubilees« and ancient historians like Josephus and Eusebius, that seems to point onto the Cudi instead of Ararat. Especially the Muslim and Kurdish traditions, but also the Christian church of the Nestorians testify that the Cudi mountain contained remains of the ark that could be viewed until the 2nd millennium A.D. As one further example I want to mention the Jewish scholar and traveller Israel Joseph Benjamin. He reported that the residents of the area around the Cudi celebrated a festival at the summit once a year to remember Noah. According to Gordon Taylor on the website of the Progressive Historians this ceremony took probably place until the 20th century, when it should come to an end because of the present conflicts in that area. A few miles south of the Mount Cudi are the borders to Syria an Iraq.

Bill Crouse compares the arguments for the landing of the Ark on the Cudi and on the Ararat. He finds that before 13th century, with only one exception, there was no evidence that the Mount Ararat was known as the landing place of Noah's ark.

In this edition of Bible at Spade, which is almost entirely dedicated to the search for the ark, you find also an interesting article of the German Dr. Friedrich Bender: He tells that he found a piece of wood at Mount Cudi in 1953 that could be 6500 years old, according to scientific investigations!

Cudi Dagi

Mount Cudi is located about 320 kilometers southwest of Ararat, at the coordinates 37.3670N, 42.4951E (please copy & paste the bold letters into Google Earth or Google Maps). It is difficult to find detailed information about Cudi Dagi, even in Wikipedia: »Mount Judi« or »Mount Cudi« is 2089 meters high and is located in the Turkish province of Sirnak. The Koran tells that the ark landed here. Turkish forces are fighting against Kurdish fighters of the PKK in recent times.

What does science tell us about Cudi? Not much – the best informations are almost 100 years old and date from 1909.

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