Ancient Historians about Noah’s Flood

It is not only the Bible where one finds the account of the Worldwide Flood which took place in the days of Noah, that is in about 2400 B.C. In fact, a few ancient historians, among whom are Berosus the Chaldean, Hieronymus the Egyptian, Mnaseas, and Nicolaus of Damascus, write about this event. In The Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus thus refers to these historians when he describes the details of the Deluge:

Now all the writers of barbarian histories make mention of this flood and of this ark; Josephus_IIamong whom is Berosus the Chaldean; for when he is describing the circumstances of the flood, he goes on thus:- ”It is said there is still some part of this ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans; and that some people carry off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away, and use chiefly as amulets for the averting of mischiefs.” Hieronymus the Egyptian, also, who wrote the Phoenician Antiquities, and Mnaseas, and a great many more, make mention of the same. Nay, Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, hath a particular relation about them, where he speaks thus:- ”There is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses, the legislator of the Jews wrote.” (Source: Josephus. The Complete Works. Translated by William Whiston. pp. 38-39)

The site, where the ark of Noah settled after the waters of the Flood had subsided, was called The Place of Descent by the inhabitants of that area who were the contemporaries to Josephus. The Jewish historian explains:

However, the Armenians call this place (Apobaterion) The Place of Descent; for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day. (Source: Josephus. The Complete Works. Translated by William Whiston. pp. 38)

As we can see, the Worldwide Flood is not merely the invention of Jews and Gentile Christians, as many atheists would want us to believe. It is absolutely amazing how much we, Bible believing Christians, can learn from our fathers in faith – the Jews. The writings of Josephus, the physical descendant of Abraham, truly bless us by strengthening our faith in God of the Bible, just as our Creator promised in the Book of Genesis:

NOW the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)