He started off with an assertion that a worldwide flood of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS was a fact,
I read in the KJV Luke 2: 1; "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed."
So I asked one of my indigenous brothers, if there was any record of the Romans coming to Australia to tax the people, and of course there was not.
And there wouldn't have been, as we, who study and understand the scriptures, are not so dumb, as to not realise that the bible was referring to the Roman Empire, which was the known civilised world in those days and not to the entire planet.
And nor are we so dumb as to think that the scriptures, were talking of a world-wide flood, and that Noah had to build a boat that would take a pair of every clean animal and seven of every unclean animal on the entire planet, as some biblical ignorant idiots, seem to think the bible was referring to, and not to the known inhabited world of that time, of which there is ample evidence of a catastrophic flood around the Mediterranean and Ireland.
Marie-Agnes Courty (CNRS, Grignon) presented new archaeological data concerning a catastrophe inferred to have occurred in the Middle East c.2350 BC. She emphasized the importance of high-time-resolution archaeological investigations in the assessment of natural catastrophes on societal collapse, the data in this case indicating the combination of a burnt surface horizon and air blast, consistent with a Tunguska-like fireball, but possibly also a major volcanic event.
The evidence for regional environmental change at about the same time was confirmed and extended by Mike Baillie (Queen’s University Belfast), whose tree-ring analyses of Irish bog oaks showed very significant narrowing of the rings around the year 2345 BC, associated with identified tephra from the Icelandic Hekla 4 volcano, dated to 2310 +/- 20 BC. This suggests a volcanic origin of the c. 2350 BC event identified by Courty, but the period in question is also associated with other events, including floods, the creation of new lakes and even the traditional start of Chinese history! In Baillie’s words, 2345 BC ‘is a classic marker date, i.e. a date which will show up on a regular basis in studies of various kinds’.
The animals that were taken into the ark, would have been those, which were chosen from the animals that had been forced to flee from the rising waters to the higher ground upon which Noah would have presumably built the ark, which animals would have only been those of his known world, that was flooded around the year 2350 B.C.
The ark was a rectangular chest-like floating container, built of timber logs of Kopherwood, and would of necessity, have to be sealed inside and out with bitumen to stop it from leaking in the violent storms that are would have been subjected to, and Kopherwood, is simply any wood that is coated with tar/bitumen.
It was subject to tides, currents, and wind, having no means of propulsion or steerage, it was guided by the Hand of God.
According to the Turin papyrus list, Teti ruled for six months, and Pepi 1, began his rule after Teti, which according to some, was 33 years later, leaving a gap of 33 years between Teti and his successor Pepi, this would support the belief that some catastrophic event occurred around that time, where the evidence shows that Ireland was inundated, around the time of the eruption of Helka4 and is said to have remained desolate for 30 years.
A flood of that magnitude would have surely been experienced around the Mediterranean, and perhaps Egypt was also desolate and without a king or countrymen for some thirty years also.
Do you think that the people of the pre-flood days knew that the circumference of the earth was almost 25 thousand miles, or knew how many continents and islands there are on this earth? And if not, just how big do you think that their known world was?
I believe that the flood that occurred in Noah’ day, around 2,350 BC, was an event that would have been recorded and handed down by a witness of that era as a world-wide flood.