IN SEARCH OF NOAH'S ARK: Introduction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Few Old Testament stories capture the imagination like Noah's Ark. Many of us have heard the story since we were children.

Fascination with the possibility of actually finding the Ark's remains has inspired expeditions to the Mt. Ararat region of Turkey for generations -- especially since 1949, when aerial photographs revealed a remarkable boat-shaped "anomaly" on the peak.

While no one has proven conclusively that the Ark has been found, enough tantalizing evidence has been gathered to sustain interest and persuade many that the Ark's remains do indeed still exist.

In the fall of 2004, Baptist Press took advantage of an opportunity to send two journalists -- Tom Engleman of Atlanta and Chuck Hughes of Baltimore -- to Turkey in order to document the continuing search for Noah's Ark. What follows is an account of their journey, supplemented by perspectives from Timothy Pierce, professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an array of sidelights, including glimpses into Ark expeditions conducted by one of the best known and most controversial of the searchers, the late Ron Wyatt of Madison, Tenn.


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