Sensational New Study Claims Fake News Existed in Babylonian Era

  • The Gilgamesh Flood story dates back around 3,000 years.
  • Dr. Martin Worthington claims that the nine lines that he studied contain a verbal ploy.
  • Chinese legend claims four thousand years ago the Great Flood swept the Chinese empire and threatened to completely flood China.

This week the research by Dr Martin Worthington has been published pertaining to the 3,000-year-old Babylonian story of Noah and the Ark.   Noah’s Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and examples of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood. The story in Genesis is repeated, with variations, in the Quran, where the ark appears as Safina Nūḥ. There could be a reason why thus far the location of Noah’s ark has been unsuccessful.

Dr. Martin Worthington is senior lecturer in Assyriology at the University of Cambridge, and former British Academy Research Fellow in the Dept of Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London, with his research focused on Babylonian poems from the first millennium BC.

The British museum has a 3,000-year old clay tablet with cuneiform text that contain not only the legend of the flood, but according to Worthington, the oldest example of fake news in the world. The Gilgamesh Flood story dates back around three thousand years. The clay tablet was discovered in 1872. Dr. Worthington interpreted the nine lines in the tablet.

Worthington claims that the nine lines that he studied contain a verbal ploy: a phonetically identical text can be both optimistic and threatening. According to the academic’s research and interpretation the lie was perpetrated at the time due to the fact that “Babylonian gods only survive because people feed them. If humanity had been wiped out, the gods would have starved. The god Ea manipulates language and misleads people into doing his will because it serves his self-interest. Modern parallels are legion!”

Earlier Chinese research and findings of the Great Flood were published in 2016. Chinese legend claims four thousand years ago, the Great Flood swept the Chinese empire and threatened to completely flood China. However, Yu curbed the flow of water, creating a unique canal system and laying new river channels for runoff.

This period is considered the time of the emergence of a united China and the beginning of the reign of Yu. Recently archaeologists found evidence of its reality. The findings are based on the discovery led by Qinglong Wu of strange sediments (“black sands”) and traces of a vast lake, which indicate a powerful stream of water. The flood probably broke through the banks of the river and left a huge amount of pebbles, sand and cobbles far from its channel. Apparently, the Great flood was so strong and prolonged that it flooded all the settlements of the ancient Chinese, located along the banks of the “yellow river.” However, its consequences spread much wider than previously thought.

Research continues and it would be interesting to have more research on this topic.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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