There have been lots and lots of news reports about the ancient Babylonian text about the building of a round ark, a text that predates the Biblical texts by nearly 2000 years. I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone to find out that Pat Robertson’s CBN “News” handled the find with their usual dishonesty:
Archaeologists say writings on an ancient tablet confirm there was a global flood and an ark that carried animals.
No, that isn’t what archaeologists are saying about this find. In fact, quite the opposite.
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet, discovered in modern-day Iraq — which is ancient Mesopotamia — reveals striking similarities to the biblical account of Noah. The tablet describes a massive flood that destroys the earth and instructions that animals should be loaded onto the craft “two by two.”…
Experts say other ancient civilizations adapted versions of Noah’s story to their own cultures.
No, experts say the exact opposite. This document is much older than any of the Biblical texts. The Israelites adapted their story from a number of similar Ancient Near East flood stories, not the other way around.