Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Season 2 Episode 11

The Bible: Fact or Fiction?

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 06, 2004 on Showtime

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    • Penn: The Noah thing is probably a mixture of stories about a flood that really happened on the Euphrates River about 125 miles southeast of present-day Baghdad. Every Spring, the Euphrates floods, but, according to archaeologists, one June, around 2900 BC, there was a 6 day storm and the river rose another 22 feet. The river overflowed the levees, and a lot of people got killed. One of the survivors was a local Sumerian king named Ziusudra. He resourcefully commandeered a commercial barge loaded with merchandise and rode the flood downstream into the Persian Gulf, where he finally ran aground. Thankful to be alive, Ziusudra offered a sacrifice in a hilltop temple. That's it! Big flood, boatful of goods, happy landing on a hilltop. And we have geologic and archaeological evidence to support that. No surprise that at least 6 other cultures in the region had flood stories like Noah. But see what happens when you abandon the faith world and pretend to use science to prove your bullsh** myths? There's always a real scientist willing to check your facts.

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