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Noah and the (Nuclear Powered) Ark

Yes, you read that right, and, no, this is not from The Onion.

According to Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, writing for Breaking Israel News, Turkish professor Yavuz Ornek has a unique perspective regarding Noah and the great flood.

While lecturing on Turkish state-owned TRT television, Ornek departed significantly from the narratives related in both the Bible and Qur’ān. How far? I’m glad you asked.

Below, you will find the account as recorded in the Qur’ān.

And it was revealed to Noah that, “No one will believe from your people except those who have already believed, so do not be distressed by what they have been doing.
And construct the ship under Our observation and Our inspiration and do not address Me concerning those who have wronged; indeed, they are [to be] drowned.”
And he constructed the ship, and whenever an assembly of the eminent of his people passed by him, they ridiculed him. He said, “If you ridicule us, then we will ridicule you just as you ridicule.
And you are going to know who will get a punishment that will disgrace him [on earth] and upon whom will descend an enduring punishment [in the Hereafter].”
[So it was], until when Our command came and the oven overflowed, We said, “Load upon the ship of each [creature] two mates and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed.” But none had believed with him, except a few.
And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noah called to his son who was apart [from them], “O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.”
[But] he said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.” [Noah] said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah, except for whom He gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned. (Quran 11:36-43)

Aside from one of Noah’s sons refusing to join the others on the ark, the Qur’ānic narrative is very similar to the biblical narrative.

According to Ornek, however, civilization before the flood was far more advanced than anyone could have imagined, complete with cellular service, nuclear power, and (from the sounds of it) cryogenics, as in frozen embryos.

Based on the Qur’ānic narrative, Ornek surmised that Noah and his son must have been talking on cellular phones since they were separated by waves the size of mountains. More than that, Berkowitz indicates Ornek claimed the ark was constructed of steel, not wood, and was nuclear powered. And, instead of taking a male and female of each animal on the ark as instructed by Allah, Ornek said Noah only took a male and female egg of each animal, which must have been preserved using cryogenics (my conjecture).

If that technology sounds far too advanced, even for the lost civilization of Atlantis, don’t worry. Ornek apparently declared, “I am a scientist, I speak for science.” Well, that settles it…

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  1. And people really believe Ornek? That takes more faith than believing the Biblical account. It was good for a chuckle. Thanks for presenting it.

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