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  • ‘The Ark before Noah: The Story of the Flood’ – Dr Irving Finkel at Dulwich Picture Gallery

    ‘The Ark before Noah: The Story of the Flood’ – Dr Irving Finkel at Dulwich Picture Gallery

    13 Jan 2015 07:00

    Dulwich Books in association with the Friends of the Dulwich Picture Gallery are delighted to welcome Dr Irving Finkel to discuss his book ‘The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood.’

     

    In 1985 a member of the public walked into the British Museum with a tiny piece of ancient Babylonian clay. Irving Finkel, assistant keeper of the Ancient Mesopotamian Department in the British Museum, realised immediately that it was of enormous significance, but it was not until 2009 that the tablet could be deciphered.  Dating from 1850 BC, the tablet contains the detailed instructions for building the Ark which, it turns out, was round like a coracle.

     

    “A serious book, but rarely a heavy one: in a sprightly, good-humoured way, Finkel communicates the thrill of true scholarship...it feels fresh and exciting here.”  - The Sunday Times

     

     

    This event will take place on Tuesday 13th January at 7pm for a 7.30pm start this event takes place in the Linbury Rooms of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Tickets are £16 for non-members and include a glass of wine and a paperback copy of ‘The Ark Before Noah,’ and are bookable online from http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/lectures-talks/2015/jan/in-their-own-words-irving-finkel, via Dulwich Books on 020 8670 1920, email (dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk) or via the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 020 8299 8750.