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

Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization - Ian Wilson 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 in Turkey.

The author has a clear, elegant writing style that avoids overly-technical jargon and repetitive waffling. Ideas are presented logically and there is a clear differentiation between archaeological evidence, specialist interpretation and author interpretation. There is no religion bashing and no religion preaching in this book. All in all, a very nice archaeological detective story.

NOTE: This edition of the book has the photographs and illustrations printed very darkly, making it hard to determine some of the details. So if purchasing this book, see if you can find another edition or look up the pictures on the internet.