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Mount Judi (Arabic: الجوديّ‎ al-Ǧūdiyy,
Aramaic: קרדו‎ Qardū, Kurdish: Cûdî‎, Classical Syriac: ܩܪܕܘ‎ Qardū, Turkish:
Cudi), also spelled Guti and Kutu, according to very Early Christian and Islamic tradition
(based on the Qur’an, Hud:44), is Noah’s apobaterion or “Place of Descent”, the location where
the Ark came to rest after the Great Flood. The Quranic tradition is similar to the Judeo-Christian
legend. The identification of Mount Judi as the landing
site of the ark persisted in Syriac and Armenian tradition throughout Late Antiquity but was
abandoned for the tradition equating the biblical location with the highest mountain of the
region, Mount Ararat. Jewish Babylonian, Syriac, and Islamic traditions
identify Mount Judi or Qardu as a peak near the town of Jazirat ibn Umar (modern Cizre),
at the headwaters of the Tigris, near the modern Syrian–Turkish border. Arab historian Al-Masudi (d. 956), reported that the spot where the ark
came to rest could be seen in his time. Al-Masudi locates Jabal Judi at 80 parasangs
from the Tigris. Mount Judi was historically located in the
province of Corduene, south of Lake Van.==Name==
The relation of some of the spellings is clear. The origin of Judi is less clear. It is usually interpreted as a corrupted version
of the same name, via al-gurdi (Reynolds 2004). The proposal that the two names are ultimately
the same was first advanced by the English Orientalist George Sale in his translation
of the Qur’an published in 1734. Sale’s footnote reads: This mountain [al-Judi] is one of those that
divide Armenia on the south, from Mesopotamia, and that part of Assyria which is inhabited
by the Curds, from whom the mountains took the name Cardu, or Gardu, by the Greeks turned
into Gordyae, and other names. … Mount Al-Judi (which seems to be a corruption,
though it be constantly so written by the Arabs, for Jordi, or Giordi) is also called
Thamanin …, probably from a town at the foot of it.Sale goes on to say that there
was once a famous Christian monastery on the mountain, but that this was destroyed by lightning
in the year 776 AD, following which the credit of this tradition hath declined,
and given place to another, which obtains at present, and according to which the ark
rested on Mount Masis, in Armenia, called by the Turks Agri Dagh.==Christian tradition==The Syrians of the east Tigris had a legend
of the ark resting on the Djûdi mountain in the land of Corduene (Kard, Korchayk, Carduchoi). This legend may in origin have been independent
of the Genesis account of Noah’s flood, rooted in the more general Near Eastern flood legends,
but following Christianization of the Syrians, from about the 2nd century AD, it became associated
with the Mountains of Ararat where Noah landed according to Genesis, and from Syria also
this legend also spread to the Armenians. The Armenians did not traditionally associate
Noah’s landing site with Mount Ararat, known natively as Masis, but until the 11th century
continued to associate Noah’s ark with Mount Judi.It is to be noted, the biblical Ararat
is thought be a variation of Urartu, an ancient term for the region north of ancient Assyria
which encompasses the Armenian plateau. According to Josephus, the Armenians in the
1st century showed the remains of Noah’s ark at a place called αποβατηριον “Place
of Descent” (Armenian: Նախիջեւան, Nakhichevan, Ptolemy’s Ναξουανα),
about 60 miles southeast of the summit of Mount Ararat (ca. 39.07°N 45.08°E / 39.07;
45.08).The “mountains of Ararat” in Genesis have become identified in later (medieval)
Christian tradition with the peak now known as Mount Ararat itself, a volcanic massif
on the border between Turkey and Armenia and known in Turkish as “Agri Dagh” (Ağrı Dağı).==Islamic tradition==The Quranic account of the Flood and Noah’s
Ark agrees with that given in Genesis, with a few variations. One of these concerns the final resting place
of the Ark: according to Genesis, the Ark grounded on the “mountains of Ararat”. According to Surah 11:44 of the Qur’an, the
final resting place of the vessel was called “Judi”, without the word “mountain”. However, the use of Arabic definite letter
“Al” in front of word Judi in the Quran signifies that it is pointing to a definite place (or
mountain, in this case). Has it been referring to a general height,
it would have been just “Judi”, not “Al-Judi”. §
And the word was spoken: “O earth! swallow up thy waters! And, O sky, cease [thy rain]!” And the water sank into the earth, and the
will [of God] was done, and the ark came to rest on Al-Judi. And the word was spoken: “Away with these
evil doing folk!” (Quran, 11:44).The 9th century Arab geographer
Ibn Khordadbih identified the location of mount Judi as being in the land of Assyria
(Al-Akrad), and the Abbasid historian Abu al-Hasan ‘Alī al-Mas’ūdī (c. 896-956) recorded
that the spot where it came to rest could be seen in his time. Masudi also said that the Ark began its voyage
at Kufa in central Iraq, and sailed to Mecca, where it circled the Kaaba, before finally
travelling to Judi. Yaqut al-Hamawi, also known as Al-Rumi, placed
the mountain “above Jazirat ibn Umar, to the east of the Tigris” and mentioned a mosque
built by Noah that could be seen in his day, and the traveller Ibn Battuta passed by the
mountain in the 14th century.==Searches for Mount Judi==In the 1980s, adventurer and self-styled archaeologist
Ron Wyatt and his colleague David Fasold claimed to have discovered Noah’s Ark at Durupınar,
some twenty miles from Mt. Ararat near a mountain locals called Cudi Dağı. Fasold later vacillated on the claim.The description
of medieval geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi matches exactly a 2089 m peak north of Silopi, that
is now called Jabal Judi or Judi Dagh by Muslims and Gardu by Christians and Jews.==External links==
Mt. Cudi on NoahsArkSearch.Com Research concerning Mount Judi including some
English articles==Notes==

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