Is Noah’s Ark still hiding somewhere today, waiting to be discovered? A documentary coming to theaters nationwide next week explores the ongoing search for the world’s most famous vessel and documents the dangers involved in the centuries-old quest.
According to the Bible, Noah constructed an enormous wooden ark to house his family and representatives of the different animal kinds during the Great Flood. After the floodwaters subsided, the ark came to rest “upon the mountains of Ararat,” according to Genesis 8:4.
Today, Mount Ararat is the tallest mountain in Turkey, with a towering, snow-capped summit and an elevation of nearly 17,000 feet. It consists of two dormant volcanic cones—Greater Ararat and Lesser Ararat.
Is the ark resting somewhere on Mount Ararat to this day? Many experts are convinced it is, and, on October 8, moviegoers around the country will have the chance to witness the latest attempts to locate the vessel.
“Finding Noah: An Adventure of Faith” is a new film that will debut in movie theaters next week. The film’s website invites viewers to experience the search for the ark and see the latest search methods currently being employed.
“Join director/producer Brent Baum and the ‘Finding Noah’ film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat’s desolate summit,” the website says. “There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question: did Noah and his Ark actually exist?”
More than 600 theaters are scheduled to show the film on October 8. The producers say their documentary will only be in theaters for one day.
“Shot in never-before filmed locations and in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth,” explains the film’s website. “Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, ‘Finding Noah’ is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.”
Adventurers and archeologists who venture onto Mount Ararat face a number of perilous obstacles, including bitter cold, low atmospheric pressure, and treacherous terrain.
“With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation,” the website says.
Biblical scholars have long wondered if Noah’s Ark has survived the thousands of years since the Great Flood. Dr. John Morris, a leading biblical creationist, points out that the Bible does not mention anything about the ark’s survival. However, he believes that “a well-documented and scientifically viable discovery would be quite newsworthy, and it is exciting to consider how it might impact world culture.”
“Questionable claims of Ark discoveries blunt the potential impact of a true discovery,” Morris wrote in an article on the Answers in Genesis website. “But I am convinced and sincerely pray that if found, the Ark will once again warn a rebellious world of the judgment to come. For this reason—on Mt. Ararat and throughout the mountains of that region—I think the search should go on.”