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Resit, a Kurdish farmer, found the Ark in 1948 (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Resit, a Kurdish farmer, found the Ark in 1948 (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CH505.6:

In 1948, a Kurdish farmer named Resit reported finding the prow of Noah's ark about two-thirds the way up Ararat, protruding from ice. The wood was black and too hard for him to cut off a piece. Based on this account, A. J. Smith organized an expedition, hoping to use Resit as a guide. However, they could not locate Resit or the ark.

Source: Tim LaHaye and John Morris, 1976. The Ark on Ararat, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. and Creation Life Publishers, pp. 115-118.


CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Reportedly, Resit told other local people, and several of them also climbed up to see the boat. A. J. Smith, however, failed to locate not only Resit; he could locate no one who saw the boat or who had heard the story. This despite diligent searching and an offer of a reward. LaHaye and Morris (1976) say this is because Resit was Moslem, but that is unknown. A more likely explanation is that the original story was fiction.

Talk Origins's conclusion is just as much speculation as LaHaye's and Morris'.

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