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Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization

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In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The great Biblical flood so described in Genesis has long been a subject of fascination and speculation. In the 19
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 17th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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Jan 01, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
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First off, Ian Wilson has a delightfully nuanced brain. You know it's a good time when you want to hold the book up afterwards and say 'I think he's on to something.' The archeological evidence and his hypothesis mesh so seamlessly it would be a shame to disprove his conclusions. What an intriguing book, and he-he, not dry at all.
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Feb 03, 2013 the Skrauss rated it really liked it
Why is the flood story found all around the globe in civilizations that had never met? This book whet my appetite for explorations into ancient advanced civilizations, our prehistory.
Roger Bailey
Nov 30, 2010 Roger Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This is a really fascinating book. The only reason I give it four rather than five stars is that the author is a bit prone to jumping to conclusions. He establishes very well that the Black Sea came into existence about 7600 years ago when the Mediterranean Sea broke through the Bosporus and catastrophically inundated a freshwater lake and a very large territory around it. He also establishes that people were living there at the time who, if not quite civilized, had many of the trappings of civi ...more
Approximately 5600 BC the Mediterranean Sea burst through the Bosporus and inundated the Black Sea, turning a fresh water lake into a salt water lake and drowning any existing coastal dwellings. Ian Wilson describes the underwater, submersible-aided, Black Sea archaeological discoveries of William Ryan, Walter Pitman and Robert Ballard. Wilson hypothesizes that the Black Sea food and the Biblical flood may be connected and that the center of the civilized world was located around the Black Sea i ...more
Rick Edwards
Jul 24, 2011 Rick Edwards rated it really liked it
Wilson reviews the findings of Ballard's research on the floor of the Black Sea regarding a cataclysmic flood c. 5600 BCE, and from there goes on to examine archeological findings of nearby cultures predating it. He finds evidence pointing to the migration of peoples away from the Black Sea's environs, and especially a common thread among them of the cult of the Great Mother Goddess. His review touches on the warrior women (Amazons) of ancient lore, matrilineal social orders, Atlantis, and much, ...more
Alex Telander
Jan 31, 2011 Alex Telander rated it liked it
Everyone is pretty much familiar with the flood story from Genesis with Noah and his ark, but did you know the Bible isn’t the only text to have a flood myth within its pages? There are flood myths from ancient Greece, Persia, India, even as far as Scandinavia and South America. How do I know this? Because I have read Before the Flood.

Ian Wilson takes a step into the ancient and prehistoric with this book, delving into the past no one is quite sure about; where historical fact begins to blur and
Jan 01, 2014 Tintinrulz rated it really liked it
Ian Wilson's "Before the Flood", is a fascinating, if (in my opinion) flawed book. It's well-written and researched but begins with a faulty premise - that the world is a few billion years old and that the flood was local, not worldwide. What is interesting, is that the book confirms the reality that a massive flood did take place in the Black Sea region. Also, the book entertains the belief that the cradle of civilization lies in, and around, what is present-day Turkey. I didn't agree with ever ...more
Eric Wells
I very much enjoyed the book. It wasn't what I expected just from reading the title. It was surprising in a good way. Ian Wilson attempts to describe the Neolithic world in the region of the Black Sea around the 4th, 5th & 6th millenea BCE. He relies heavily on the work of two researchers and several archaeologists to build a case that this specific region was the seed of human civilization, contrary to popular belief. The book was written 1 1/2 decades ago and there is still an ongoing deba ...more
It's a great read with all sorts of interesting information about cultures stretching from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Really neat stuff. I loved it and learned so much. Also really kicking myself now for opting not to check out a copy of Gilgamesh at the same time. Am eager to learn more about this Black Sea flooding business.

Not ultimately sold on his argument, however, especially as the Mother Goddess's turf and variations stretch. Concurrent online searches have suggested that some o
May 14, 2014 Hema rated it it was ok
Much like 1421 - a lot is speculation and no one really know where the ark came to rest, where the flood happenend, and where the people went afterward. so spend hours reading for a result without serious scientific answer.
John Keahey
Apr 23, 2011 John Keahey rated it really liked it
Nearly through this book and enjoying every minute. The reality behind the myth explained from a geologic, archaeological perspective. So well written: logical progression of information, building to remarkable conclusions.
Aug 09, 2008 M is currently reading it
I haven't gotten very far, but it appears that this book takes the stand that there was a catastrophic flood, but that it was not world-wide. Hmm...
Jun 06, 2010 *Kyhm* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prior to reading Before the Flood I thought the story of Noah and the flood was just a story. Before the Flood explores not just the Bible, but flood stories from all over the world.
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Aug 06, 2011 Melanie Franklin rated it liked it
Some parts are interesting, some are long winded and boring.
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Apr 14, 2017 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Loved seeing the compilation of evidence (up to publication in 2001) for a pre-Mesopotamian/pre-Egyptian advanced stone-age civilization. Was a fascinating read and reminds me how much I loved archaeology and historical studies as a teen.

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Author of historical and religious books. He was born in Clapham, south London, but now lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Judith and their two sons, Adrian and Noel.

Wilson is most well known for his research on the Shroud of Turin.
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