Why did the Ark ground on Mt Ararat?

and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.”

Genesis 8:4

Why the mountains of Ararat, why not a mountain much closer to the heart of a Jew and a mountain much closer to Israel?

It is generally recognised that Moses is the writer of Genesis. (By that I mean he took information from other older documents and was also inspired by God. See: Could early man write?).

So why did Moses put Ararat as the place where the Ark became grounded – unless it was really true?

Mount Ararat, Armenia.
Mount Ararat, Lusarat, Armenia as seen in 2012 [i]

Ararat was about 800 miles away from Mount Nebo where Moses died:

Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho…
And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said.”

Deuteronomy 34:1 & 5

Surely if the story was a myth, the Jews would have preferred Mount Nebo, or Mount Hermon mountains close to them.

It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”

Psalm 133:3

So it was most probable that Moses faithfully copied the word ‘Ararat’ from Noah’s original ship’s log.

In the volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica it states:

A Persian legend refers to Ararat as the Cradle of the human race; the Persian name for it is Koh-i-Nuh, meaning Noah’s Mountain.’

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Notice that when there was the world wide flood the only survivors were Noah and his family from which came all peoples of the world came.
So rightly can it be said that Ararat was the cradle of the human race.
Noah’s three son’s formed the three main sub-groups of humanity.

Also it is fascinating to see that the Persian name for Mount Ararat is Noah’s Mountain.

[i] Photo Credit: ogannes Flickr  cc opens in a new window.

By Peter Reason

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