Noah´s ark in the Mountains of Armenia


The Book of Genesis speaks of mountains of Ararat where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood (Genesis 8:4). The Biblical Ararat corresponds to what Assyrians called Urartu and Persians Arminya. In the trilingual Behistun inscription, carved in 521 BC by the order of Darius the Great of Persia, the country referred to as Urartu in Assyrian is called Arminiya in Old Persian and Harminuia in Elamite. The Book of Jubilees (7:1) specifies that the Ark came to rest on one of the peaks of the “Mountains of Ararat”. The original translation of the Bible the Latin Vulgate (382 AD.) says: “requievitque arca […] super montes Armeniae”, which means literally “and the ark rested […] on the mountains of Armenia”.



But the Biblical account is not the only nor the earliest source of the story of the ark resting on a mountain in Armenia. The quest for the remains of…

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