"And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat."
(Genesis 8:4 KJV)
As the biblically identified landing place of Noah's Ark, Mount Ararat has been a subject of interest for a long time. There is little firsthand information about this ancient mountain peak though many researchers have tried. Secondary sources and new technology are continually giving us new information from many areas such as archeology, Biblical studies, atmospheric conditions, carbon dating, languages, location, chronology, manuscripts, hieroglyphs, writing on cave walls in many places, the shifts in the earth, etc. So here is a little of the knowledge we do have.
The name "Ararat" means either "high land" or "sacred land" or both. It is in a mountain range in modern Turkey near the Russian and Iranian borders and it is the highest mountain there at almost 17,000 feet above sea level. This mountain is an extinct volcano made of ancient volcanic rock that arose about the time of the Noah's Flood. At 17,000 feet, it dominates the landscape because the other mountains are much smaller.
The mountain has two different peaks arising from one base but both have the ancient volcanic rock. The peaks have names: Great Ararat (~17,000 feet) and Little Ararat (~14,000 feet), located above a plain called Araxes. Great Ararat has snow on it all year long. Although several sightings have been reported, the current location, and even existence, of the Ark is still unknown.
There are two rivers in and around the plain of Araxes called the Aras and the Tigris which attracted a group of people to inhabit. These people were called Armenians and they spoke a strange language. But the area was fertile and had plenty of water so people gathered and built houses closer together for protection.
What we know about the time of Noah and the centuries after leave more questions than answers. We do know that Our Awesome God knows and that He gave us an inquiring mind that will keep us looking for answers. He, especially, wants us to know more about Himself and Jesus Christ. He is our creator and loves us, so learn as much as you can about Him through His Holy Bible and the artifacts He has left behind.
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Flo & Bill