Somebody please tell me how a retelling of a myth is supposed to be “historically accurate.” The Old Testament is not a historical document, as much as religious folk would like to believe it. It’s chock-full of myths and allegories and moral tales, but let’s not pretend that talking snakes, burning bushes that give orders, a boat that holds two of every creature, and a woman springing from a rib is actual history.
Russell Crowe film ‘Noah’ edited to appease Christians upset by ‘historical inaccuracies’
At the request of the National Religious Broadcasters NRB, Paramount added a disclaimer which reads, in part, that “[t]he film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
NRB board member Phil Cooke told The Wrap that the disclaimer was necessary because the film is “historically inaccurate.” It is, Cooke said, “more of an inspired movie than an exact retelling.”
I love this kind of stuff. It’s a reminder that the Bible’s Great Flood story is not unique — it shows up in many cultures, often long before the Bible was written. Maybe something global actually happened and was passed down through folklore…
Prototype For Noah’s Ark Was Round Per 4,000-Year-Old Tablet
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq — reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle — as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”
The tablet went on display at the British Museum on Friday, and soon engineers will follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed.
It’s also the subject of a new book, “The Ark Before Noah,” by Irving Finkel, the museum’s assistant keeper of the Middle East and the man who translated the tablet.