Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Mountains of "Kardu" and Noah's Ark

It's interesting that the Aramaic Targum translates Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark landed, as the Mountains of "Kardu" (Gen. 8:4).

Kardu suggests "Kurdistan", today an area that spans Northeast Syria, Southeast Turkey, Northwest Iran and Northern Iraq. And right there, next to today's Armenia, inside Turkey, is where we find Mount Ararat. Mount Ararat is not the highest mountain in the world, but in this region probably it's the highest (because this region probably it's the highest (because flood-water calculations based on scriptural text reckon the depth of the ark in water at this height: למדת שהייתה משוקעת אחת עשרה אמה במים שעל ראשי ההרים [Rashi 8:4]).

The Ba'al Haturim (8:4), quoting our sages, says Sancheirev cut out a piece of Noah's Ark to serve as his idol (because the ark had saved Noah from the flood). It stands to reason, therefore, many more idolators cut away pieces of the Ark for their own pagan worship!

Besides the fact Gentiles use poor sources for their Tanach-based research, we certainly can shrug off their "sightings" of so-called remnants of the Ark. The Ark may well have been hacked away at by heathen carvers long ago. If a Gentile king hacked away at the ark, as did Sancheirev, he provided strong example for his citizenry to follow suit. Which fool wouldn't want a piece of that "god"?

(Another example of poor Gentile "research" that occasionally appears in their "religious" sites I come across is the location of where the actual, original Exodus took place; They always point to the northeastern tongue of the Reed Sea; There they say is where the Jews originally crossed. Besides contradicting Torah scholars, they err too in that Jews never "crossed" the sea in the first place; They made a U-turn inside the sea, coming out on the same seashore they went in from! That happened in the northwestern tongue of the Reed Sea! [see red arrow])

Anyhow, Kardu, or Kurdistan, seems to point to the perfect place where an archeological dig would well prove to be a great waste of time -- for most probably there's nothing to be found!

Important UPDATE!
If any more reason to believe the Ark remnants have disappeared is needed, see Yalkut Shimoni Esther (End of Chpt. 5), where Haman used a 50-amma beam taken from Noah's Ark to erect it as a gallows upon which to hang Mordechai the Jew (Esther 7:9). Haman's son found it for him. Now get this -- Haman's son, says the Midrash, ruled a country called Kardonia (in the Mountains of Ararat)!!
[Here too we see yet another monarch involved in ransacking the remnants of Noah's Ark.]

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