Irving Finkel The Ark before Noah
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.
Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian (ie. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures Department: Middle East at the British Museum.
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