Problem: Noah's ark was afloat for seven or ten months
Verses: Genesis 8:4-5; Status: Weak

This is Genesis 8:4-5:

and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. (ESV)

This doesn't appear to be a real problem. The ark could rest upon a mountain while the mountain was still underwater, and therefore, weeks before it was seen.

It is however slightly vexing that the passage should say the ark rested on mountains, plural. But I suppose that could be an imprecise way of saying "on a mountainous area".

Updated: Summer 2008

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