Tulsa OK / July 5, 2005 - A Tulsa man has produced a documentary film, "Tour to Noah's Ark," focusing on the physical remains of Noah's Ark in Turkey. Val Smith, age 51, has released the video in DVD and VHS format through the website www.throneofgod.com
He is the founder of SBG Publishing, an entity and website devoted to research and presentation of Biblical archaeological discoveries that have been made in recent years. Smith, who graduated from Oklahoma State University and works for an engineering firm, said the film documents a tour he participated in to far Eastern Turkey in August of 2002.
The expedition, instead of climbing Mount Ararat, focused its attention on a boat-shaped formation located 18 miles south of the infamous mountain and on artifacts in the surrounding countryside. The formation known as Durupinar is 515 feet long, the exact dimensions noted in the Bible. To the naked eye, it looks like a fossilized ship.
"One Genesis verse, out of context, has led believers to search major Ararat for years." He points to the Biblical reference about Noah's Ark. The Book of Genesis states the ark "rested upon the mountains (plural) of Ararat." It is Smith's belief that the Scripture is referring to a mountainous region known in ancient times as Uratu, not a specific mountain.
"The Bible states that after the ark stopped over this mountainous region the waters continuously decreased for two and a half months before the top of any mountain was visible. So it's apparent that the ark was not drawn to a conical shaped volcano which would naturally repel such a free floating object but rather a crescent shaped topography where the ark's remains now rest. It's doubtful Mount Ararat even existed during the flood years."
Smith said, "While the secular media, atheists and evolutionists will always ignore the evidence for the Biblical narrative, interestingly the biggest detraction has been the miscommunication from the theological experts of what the Bible actually says. After 17 years of research I can say that the odds against these remains, found where they are and the evidence gathered, to not be the actual Noah's Ark is off the chart."
The Turkish government declared the site a national park in 1987 after evidence was submitted to and examined by Turkish archeologists and officials. The discovery has been largely ignored in the U.S. press and denominational churches and is hotly disputed among many ark hunting and creationist organizations.
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Contact: Val Smith at (918) 446 - 2428 / firstname.lastname@example.org