<< I think there are some pretty good clues in Genesis that
point away from a 17,000 foot volcano as being the resting place of the
ark. Before the water had receded from the land around the ark, other
mountains were visible even though Ararat is the highest mountain in the
region. Where was the olive tree growing? The description of the drying up
of the ground doesn't sound like what would happen to volcanic rock. >>
Gordon, please explicate your thinking. The way I read Gen 8:4,5 is that
after the ark grounded, there were two and a half months of the water falling
yet further before other mountain tops became visible. This implies that the
ark landed very high up in the mountains. It may not have landed on what is
now called Mt. Ararat, but it must have been on some much higher than average
mountain in Urartu, some mountain apparently virtually equivalent to Ararat.
This may not conflict at all with what your are driving at, but I'm not sure
what you are driving at.
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