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That they processed aboard the enormous floating wildlife collection two-by-two is well known. Less familiar, however, is the possibility that the animals Noah shepherded on to his ark then went round and
round inside.

According to newly translated instructions inscribed in ancient Babylonian on a clay tablet telling the story of the ark, the vessel that saved one virtuous man, his family and the
animals from god's watery wrath was not the pointy-prowed craft of
popular imagination but rather a giant circular reed raft...

Tags: archaeology, ark, bible, history, noah, old_testament

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Yes, Noah's Ark is completely circular.

Oh wait, you're talking about the physical ark, aren't you? I was talking about the 'thinking' behind the tale. My bad.
The Flood story of Genesis may well derive from Babylonian flood stories, but Noah's Ark was not circular. It's dimensions are clearly given in Genesis 6:15-16, and it is rectangular.

Just another example of the low, low standards of reporting in modern media. Now, excuse me whilst I go rant obscenities and lament the dumbing down of society.
But journalists have to be objective and report all sides of the story: the Bible says that it's rectangular, but the Babylonians say it's round.

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