quote:The Biblical flood was very real, but it wasn't global, it didn't begin 4500 years ago, and it lasted far more than a year, right up to the current day. Around 10,000 years ago the Mediterranean breached the barrier separating it from the Black Sea, which was then half its current size. Water poured into the Black Sea over an immense waterfall for a century, eventually filling the Black Sea to current levels. The displaced civilizations scattered, some to the Levant where memories of the ancient flood became legends and myths that were one day recorded in the Bible.
I don't understand how this can have happened. At the present time several large rivers (the Danube, the Dniester, the Dnieper, the Don, and the Kizil Irmak (in Turkey)) flow into the Black Sea, and the flow through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles is from the Black Sea into the Mediterranean. Unless the Russian and Turkish rivers were much smaller 10,000 years ago, or there were larger rivers flowing into the Mediterranean, your explanation won't work. Can you provide evidence for these changes in the drainage patterns? Since the Euphrates and Tigris rivers have a long record of floods (mostly due to the spring melt of snow in the mountains of Turkey and Iran) dating back thousands of years, it seems more likely that the story of Noah's flood is based on events in Mesopotamia.