The Ark Before Noah

6 December 2019

British Museum curator Dr Irving Finkel tells a real-life detective story that began with the arrival of a single, palm-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet on his desk. Dating from about 1850 BC, this clay document proved to be a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia containing instructions for building a large boat to survive a flood. In this Annual Nicholson Lecture, Dr Finkel shares his research and additional discoveries that provide unanticipated revelations about the ark before Noah.

Philologist and Assyriologist Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum in London. He has been a cuneiform tablet curator since 1979. He holds degrees from the University of Birmingham, and is especially interested in ancient magic and medicine, all aspects of ancient cuneiform literature, and the history of the world's board games. His recent publications include The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (2014). His new book The First Ghosts was published in September 2019.

Dr Finkel's Australian visit is presented by the Friends of the Nicholson Museum, NEAF and AIA.

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Where: Nicholson Museum
    The Quadrangle
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  • Cost: $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum & NEAF members, and their guests $40 for the general public $10 for students
  • RSVP: Please follow the link below for registration:
  • Registration:https://arkbeforenoah.eventbrite.com.au
  • Contact: Museum Reception
    T + 61 2 9351 2812
    E  nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
    Nicholson Museum 
  • More info: The Nicholson Museum is open to the public and has free admission;
    Monday To Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm
    The First Saturday of Every Month 12noon - 4.00pm
    Closed on Public Holidays


The Ark Before Noah

Where Nicholson Museum
The Quadrangle
Find us on a Map
When

6 December 2019


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