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I have several books, some purchased new in addition to some used, on the subject of Noah’s ark. My wife has given most of them to me over time. My used copy of “More Than an Ark on Ararat,” must have been purchased from the author, Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin, at a speaking engagement or book promotion somewhere. It has a note to a particular person along with the authors signature inside the cover. There are probably several of these around since Jim Irwin spoke at a lot of church events.

Irwin’s book is primarily about his serious accident on Mount Ararat in 1982. Descending an area of the mountain alone, he was struck in the head by a falling rock and would have died if he had not been found. He had attempted to take a shortcut down the mountain, and it’s a miracle that he was found. Jim Irwin later died from a heart problem in 1991. A heart condition had first been detected during his Apollo 15 walk on the moon in 1971.

I also have a copy of “The Explorers of Ararat,” signed by “B.J.,” which I assume to be B.J. Corbin, the Ararat explorer and author of the book. It was given to someone named “Richard,” possibly another of the Ararat climbers. I consider it to be the best book on Ararat that I’ve read, and certainly the most balanced. After reading it, I have finally understood how the ark could remain hidden from the world, even if it has indeed been seen by a few eyewitnesses over the past century.

The Explorers of Ararat is primarily a collection of personal accounts written by leaders of several expeditions in search of Noah’s ark. It contains a great deal of information which tends to make the book complicated, though it’s well worth studying. Some of the information supplied by the explorers is overlapping, and can sometimes seem conflicting, even when it isn’t. Their differing opinions on certain things is evident.

Some researchers have come to believe that Mount Ararat has been searched well enough, and that if remains of Noah’s ark yet exist, that it must be elsewhere within the boundaries of the ancient kingdom of Ararat (Urartu). There is also some dispute over exactly where those boundaries were. Mary Irwin, the wife of the late Jim Irwin, has come to believe that the ark may have landed on Mount Suleiman in Iran. That theory is explained in her 2012 book “The Unsolved Mystery of Noah’s Ark.”

I believe that it would be a good idea to search as much of Urartu as possible, but some disputes have probably further hindered the search on Ararat itself. Based mainly upon the testimony of eyewitnesses, most of the explorers still believe the ark is on Mount Ararat. Though B.J. Corbin gives a list of areas remaining in need of further research, in some cases I’m still wondering whether some areas of particular interest on the mountain have been covered by a later expedition or not.

I also have to wonder how completely an area can be eliminated from the search under certain conditions. If explorers have looked around with flashlights inside an ice¬†cave without seeing evidence of wood, does that mean that wooden beams, possibly petrified, couldn’t be a little deeper within the ice? Some areas of the ice cap have been searched using ground penetrating radar, but GPR also has its limitations. I’m not sure if all the areas searched can be assumed to be clear or not.

There is an online, third edition, of “The Explorers of Ararat,” which I would like to see in print. There is information on fairly current¬†expeditions at http://noahsarksearch.com. Click on “Book,” at the top of the page, and scroll down the list of explorers to find the most current information from each. I think the information from Richard Bright is the most interesting.

It’s sometimes very difficult to determine who we should believe about these things, but I trust this website. I believe they are trying to take a scientific approach and remain objective, while simultaneously exposing some of the fallacy and fraud that is out there. Truth has a lot of enemies, but one of the greatest is confusion. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion, so we need to remember that other forces are at work here.

If we are even going to do a superficial study of Noah’s ark, we are going to have to contend with a great deal of confusion. I believe that noahsarksearch.com is one of the best tools available for that battle. Most of the information I’m going to try to share on the search for Noah’s ark is borrowed from this site and The Explorers of Ararat.

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