[LNHY/ACRA] The Daily Super Short-Short Story #63 [Long, again]

Eagle eagle at eyrie.org
Thu Nov 25 21:13:23 PST 2004

In rec.arts.comics.creative, Daryl Krupa <icycalmca at yahoo.com> writes:
> Eagle <eagle at eyrie.org> wrote:

>> There is some archeological evidence for two significant local floods
>> in that area, either of which may be the underlying historical event
>> behind the Biblical flood account (probably with some intervening oral
>> retellings before the account was written down).  There was a
>> significant flooding and expansion of the Black Sea around 5600 BC at
>> the end of an ice age, and it's believed that the Persian Gulf was dry
>> land during the ice age period at around 10000 BC and at some point
>> reflooded.

>> I think both of those events are a bit early for a wiping out of
>> Sumerian civilization, though (and unless I'm misremembering my
>> geography, the Black Sea flood was a little far north for that).

> Sadly, you, and maybe millions of other people, have been misled on this
> subject.

Well, you clearly care a great deal more about this than I do!  *laugh*

For the point that I was making, I'm not sure that any of these details
really make a lot of difference.  If the dates are off by 4000 years,
that's interesting and moderately significant, but it's pretty clear that
whatever the Biblical account might have been based on wasn't world-wide
and was coming out of some oral memory at best regardless.

(Also doesn't change the original point that the Sumerian civilization
wasn't wiped out by a flood.  Note that the flood myth is also found in
Sumerian mythology, which is probably where the Jews got it from

Anyway, I don't feel particularly misled, as I never cared enough about
the exact details to do real research, but I appreciate the additional

Eagle (eagle at eyrie.org)                            Windrider of Crossroads
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