How long ago did the great flood occur? Is Noah a real person or just a fictional character made up by ancient man for entertainment? Tough questions that no one has answers to, but there does lie evidence that could help reveal some truth to the biblical story.
“And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:17). The first place to start is with the question, “was there ever a great flood that covered the whole earth or just a regional flood?” Many scientist today do believe there actually was a worldwide flood that occurred just at the end of the ice age around 10,000 B.C. or so supported by evidence in geology around the world including fish fossils in high mountains such as mount Everest and the Andes.
Another interesting factor to include is a site called Gobekli Tepe in modern day Turkey that is located just 300 miles southwest of mount Ararat. Dating to around 10,000 B.C. are tall stone pillars in circular formation that include approximately 16 total circles that range from 10-30 meters in diameter. The function of the site is unknown, but a possible sacrificial site. The pillars have carvings of many different types of animals from around the world and other strange oddities also.
Some of the circles are built on top of one another in almost a towering effect which brings about two possibilities; one being that the site is possibly the construction site of the tower of Babel or the place in which Noah sacrificed animals after the flood that is mentioned in Genesis 8:20. The tower of Babel theory is interesting due to the fact that the building process began around 10,000 B.C., but then was abandoned completely in 8,000 B.C. just as the tower of Babel was described in the Bible.
The next factor of dating to look at is found in Genesis chapter 9, “And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.” (20,21). Wine and beer are both thought to have came about around 10,000 B.C. which this could be one of the first wines ever made as there is no other reference to wine until this point in the Bible.
A few different pieces of evidence that does not prove, but rather helps bring about clarity to the riddle of Noah, the flood and the dating of both. The next big venture is to find the last piece of the puzzle, Noah’s Ark. “Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4).