And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
I see this all the time; Someone sees a location in the Bible and wants to find where it is. I used to do that all the time. But you can’t just whip out a modern atlas or Google Maps and look up, for example, Canaan.
That’s because Canaan doesn’t exist anymore. It became Israel, and other areas. So looking at a modern map, you wouldn’t find it.
I’ve seen nonbelievers use this to disprove the Bible. “It’s not on the map, so it doesn’t exist”. Yes, it doesn’t exist…now! Look at a map of Europe from a hundred years ago and it looks much different than it does now. Heck, look a map from last week! I mean, technically this Brexit thing isn’t going to really change the map, but when they colour code certain maps, the UK will be a different colour.
Anyway, what got me wanting to do this is that I forgot to add one small detail in my Noah’s Ark post. Durupınar site, the official name for the location, is fifteen miles south of Mount Ararat. This is important and one of the major reasons why I, and others, believe this to be the Ark.
If Mount Ararat sounds familiar, then it’s because it’s where countless people have explored in search of Noah’s Ark. That’s where the Bible said the Ark landed. But go reread the opening verse again. “…mountains of Ararat“. MountainS, plural. Ararat was the name of the region, not the name of the mountain. The area’s name was later changed to Turkey, and the mountain was given the name Ararat.
But the fact that the Ark isn’t sitting on the mountain, so many “experts”, most of them fellow believers, deny that Durupinar is the Ark. If they’d read the Bible, they’d find that it is.
Speaking of which, even Google Maps recognizes Durupinar Site as Noah’s Ark. which I honestly didn’t expect!
But anyway, the same goes for countless other locations listed in the Bible. Most of those cities, kingdoms, and nations no longer exist, so you’d need an ancient map to look for them. Just because they’re not on Google Maps (though after that Noah’s Ark thing I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least a marker letting you know something was there once), doesn’t mean the Bible is disproved.