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As I have mentioned in a previous post, the three-hour long video “Ancient Aliens Debunked” is, while being (mostly) brilliant, was made by a Christian fundamentalist who believes in a global satanic conspiracy.

I have, at 2:48:20, finally gotten to the part where that fundamentalist shows his fundamentalism-and it’s just as ugly as you think it is. First, the fundamentalist makes one of those references to “the critics”, (a shadowy cabal of Old Testament scholars drinking gallons of wine while making half-baked remarks on the origins of the Old Testament???) one often sees in Christian fundamentalist writings. Contra Chris White and the crypto-Albrightians (A. R. Millard being among them), the flood story recorded in Genesis did originate with the Mesopotamians (it certainly existed by Sumerian times, though it may be earlier) and, as Walter Mattfeld suggests, the most likely hypothesis for the origin of the Biblical flood story is that the Biblical writer(s) was/were deliberately trying to invert and subvert the themes of the Neo-Babylonian flood story they inherited. If, as suggested by some scholars, the Biblical flood story actually was written in Palestine, it would also be dependent on Akkadian flood stories, as a copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh was found at Late Bronze Megiddo, copied in Gezer.

Also, there are numerous differences between the countless flood stories found in the world’s cultures, the existence of which is influenced by multiple factors, the most notable being the human need for water, and, thus, commonplace human exposure to floods. This would not have been difficult for Chris White to figure out. He just needed to take a simple look at the TalkOrigins pages on flood stories. Also, the Bible does not claim the Nephilim “almost eliminated the original human population”. The saddest portion of the video is where White reproduces the flood legends chart from Answers in Genesis, an organization well known for its niggardliness with the truth. Egypt, Libya, and Hittite-dominated Anatolia do not appear to have any native stories of a great flood of water destroying humanity-the details of the Egyptian story of the flood of beer bear almost no resemblance to the Sumerian and Akkadian flood stories. The claim that “a significant percentage” of flood stories have eight people surviving is doubtful, however, the number of survivors of any major catastrophe would very likely be portrayed in a myth as an even number (due to the near-necessary presence of wives), and that number would likely be somewhere between two (too much like a creation story) and twenty (in which case the story would get too complicated). A father and three sons and their wives is a very easy-to-remember arrangement for any myth of survivors of a catastrophe. In any case, a population bottleneck of only three couples (Noah doesn’t count, the three sons do) is just not genetically possible. There is also no geologic evidence for a global flood while humans existed.

Also, contra White, Noah’s Ark was not structurally sound. The fact more inconsistencies between texts are revealed in the Sumerian/Akkadian flood stories is simply due to the fact clay is better-preserved than parchment. The elaborate rules governing copying of Hebrew texts date, as far as I know, to the later Persian period and/or later. Why use the Isaiah scroll, instead of, say, the Jeremiah or Samuel scrolls, as examples of the accuracy of Hebrew copying throughout the ages? I can see no reason but to confirm a pre-established belief.

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