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Why did the Ark ground on Mt Ararat?

Mountain similar to Mt Ararat.
Mountain similar to Mt Ararat.

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

Mt Ararat was about 800 miles away from Mt Nebo (Deutonomy 34:1) where Moses died.
Surely if the story was a myth, the Jews would have preferred Mt Nebo, or Mt Hermon mountains close to them.

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.’

Peter Reason

January 2012

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