Did Noah's Flood Really Happen?
Scientific discoveries deepen suspicions that Bible stories are as much history as legend
Such a prospect isn't exactly 40 days and nights of rain, but it's awfully close. If there were ice-dam floods at the end of the last ice age, they would have occurred all over the world, and thus many faiths and cultures might have accounts of an ancient horrible deluge.
Commentators often point out that the Flood of the Bible sounds awfully similar to the large-scale deluge depicted in the Sumerian epic poem Gilgamesh, written about 5,000 years ago, and to deluge accounts found in cultures in Africa and Asia as well. The similarity of deluge accounts, they usually claim, suggests that these cultures have simply borrowed a myth from each other. This logic seems inverted. If many cultures in many places have ancient beliefs that an awful flood occurred, doesn't this unanimity increase the chance that the accounts are true? Maybe Sumerians, Hebrews, Asians and Africans all independently developed flood accounts because that's what happened.
There are other hard-science studies suggesting biblical events actually happened. About a decade ago, archeologists found evidence that an ancient Holy Land city had its walls demolished in battle about 3,400 years ago. This sounds awfully like the Bible story of the fall of Jericho, and fits snugly in the expected time-frame. At the largest scale, the Big Bang sounds awfully similar, in its suddenness and "out of nothing" character, like the cosmic creation account shared among Muslims, Jews and Christians.