The story of Noah’s Flood has long been a matter of contention in discussions of science and religion. Though it has been discounted as baseless folklore by scientists and other scholars, recent years have seen a provocative case being made for a real event ca. 5600 Bc upon which the Noachian account may conceivably be based. This paper will briefly review the now voluminous data surrounding classical discussions of the Flood, the data involved in the new hypothesis of a massive but localized event centering on the Black Sea, and possible impacts of these new findings on traditional Mormon interpretations.
Duane E. Jeffrey