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Jewish Geography Project: Noah

Posted on: October 4, 2013

“…so that in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Bere’shit 8:4

“In Syrian tradition, as well as in Quranic tradition, the specific summit of the “Mountains of Ararat” where Noah’s ark landed is identified as Mount Judi in what is today Şırnak ProvinceSoutheastern Anatolia RegionTurkey. In the Armenian tradition and Western Christianity, based on Jerome‘s reading of Josephus, the mountain became associated with Mount Masis (now known as Mount Ararat) the highest peak of the Armenian Highland, located in present day Turkey.”-Wikipedia

“The mainstays of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Accad, and Calnec in the land of Shinar.”-Bere’shit 10:10

Erech, Sumerian Uruk, Greek Orchoë, modern Tall al-Warkāʾ,  ancient Mesopotamian city located northwest of Ur (Tall Al-Muqayyar) in southeastern Iraq.”-Encyclopedia Britannica 

“In the past, many have argued with me about the true location of the land of Shinar. I, among a majority of scholars in the same field, have identified this to mean the land of Sumer. While the Sumerians themselves called their land ki-en-gir (“place of the civilized lords”), the name Sumer is derived from the Akkadian Shumer. Shinar is simply a Hebrew corruption of the Akkadian word. It literally translates to “country of two rivers” which could only mean the Tigris and Euphrates when taking into account the cities mentioned above. Erech/Uruk, Akkad/Agade, and Babylon 1 existed nowhere else but the land of Shinar. In times past, early rulers used to differentiate the lands between Sumer and Akkad when boasting of their achievements, making the one the southern kingdom (Sumer) and the other the northern kingdom (Akkad).”-Peter Koutoupis

Let’s say the Garden of Eden is located in modern-day Lebanon. The Bible tells us that Cain then goes and the land of Nod which is east of Eden. In Hebrew this means wandering so it’s a bit unclear until we read that Cain has a son named Enoch, a place close to modern-day Nigeria in West Central Africa. We read about who begot whom and we end this weeks parasha with the descendants of Noah around Babylon which is roughly near modern day Baghdad.

We’ve walked over 12,563 miles! and depending on the route we passed through at least 3 African countries or taken a trip through the southern part of Spain, Italy and Greece. In Torah people live to be 900 years or older and G-d has already wiped out all life on the globe and we spent all that time rocking on an ark for a few months.  That probably helped help us with that migration.  😉

Last year Google let me map all of this and this year, unfortunately, it’s telling me that you can’t walk from country to country-but we’ll see what we can do.



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