I stand corrected; the name Ararat occurs more often than I had thought and,
yes, the NIV of Gen. 8:4 does not read that Ararat was the tallest mountain.
Your connection between olive trees and altitude is something else I that
had escaped me; I don't know how high up in the mountains they grow, but
probably not very high up. Don't know about other mountains being visible,
though (minor point).
Thanks for setting me straight!
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> I don't agree with you concerning how specific Genesis is as to the
> resting place of the ark. The word `Ararat' occurs four times in the Old
> Testament. In addition to Gen. 8:4 it occurs in II Kings 19:37 and Isa.
> 37:38, where it is called a land, and in Jer. 51:27, where it is called a
> kingdom. Ararat was the Hebrew name for a country better known to us by
> its Babylonian name Urartu. It was north of Assyria mostly in what is now
> eastern Turkey. It is my understanding that the nearly 17,000-foot volcano
> that we know as Mt. Ararat has only borne that name for approximately the
> last 1000 years.
> It seems to me that the Genesis account gives indications that the landing
> site was somewhere other than the summit of the highest peak in the
> region. For example, apparently olive trees grew at that altitude. Also at
> a time when a bird couldn't find any land near the ark that wasn't covered
> by water other mountains were visible.
> Gordon Brown
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Colorado
> Boulder, CO 80309-0395
> On Fri, 14 Aug 1998, Vandergraaf, Chuck wrote:
> > The Genesis account appears to be quite specific as to what happened:
> > kept coming for "40 days," the water covered the "highest mountain" to a
> > depth of "20 feet," "all creatures, birds, livestock, wild animals and
> > mankind" perished; the flooding lasted [another] "150 days," the ark
> came to
> > rest "on the 17th day of the seventh month" [i.e. 6 x 29 + 17 = 191
> > assuming a lunar, 29-day calendar]; this is close to "40 days of
> flooding" +
> > "150 days of water receding." The ark came to rest, not on any
> > but one that was identified by name and one that we can still find on a
> > of the area. Similarly, the location of the Garden of Eden is
> identified in
> > Gen 2:10-14.