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Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum. He also writes for both children and adults, including The Hero King Gilgamesh and The Last Resort Library.
A man walked into the British Museum one day in 2008 and handed Irving Finkel a palm-sized piece of clay carrying instructions for building the ark. Dating from 1850 BC, the cuneiform tablet is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood. Finkel, a world expert on ancient Mesopotamia and a profound and entertaining speaker, returns to Jewish Book Week to reveal his decoding of the little rectangle, with unanticipated revelations about the story origins.
Dr Irving Finkel, curator of the remarkable exhibition, Babylon: Myth and Reality, at the British Museum, took us back to the times of Jewish exile and looked at the long lasting influence of this outstanding civilisation on Jewish culture.