I'm always fascinated by this stuff. In Genesis we learn that the Ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat. That's a particular region in the area of Turkey, Armenia and Georgia. The mountains of Ararat spread through the lower Caucuses, etc. After the flood, Noah came to reside in that land where he invented wine making. So it should come as no surprise that archeologists have found the first evidence of wine making in the region. Not to say Noah had anything to do with it, but just given the Bible you'd have to expect there'd be very early evidence of wine making in the region.

Too few people recognize how deeply biblical--and expressly Christian--roots sink into this mountainous region.

@Diogenes Very true

Every year it seems modern archeology and Biblical history get closer and closer to a convergence of truth.

It bothers me what a wealth of oral tradition we lost pertaining to such matters. The Bible as a text is merely a set of cliffnotes to a broader oral tradition spanning thousands of years.

Rabbi David Forhman points out that the Noah tale is in many ways a reiteration of Gan Eden. The waters above and below reconverge, the world is uncreated in the same allegorical steps it was created. Things appear in terms of water, land, plants, animals egress from the Ark, then Man emerges last, consecrating with sacrifice to mirror the shabbat's inauguration in the previous account. Then man settles in a place, there is fruit, nakedness, curse all over again. And so it goes.

I certainly don't think Genesis is a science book. Its supple poetry is too sublime to torture into geoscience and it's an impulse we must resist. I tend also to believe that Genesis telescopes history. So for example, Mesopotamia spent thousands of years building Sumerian Ziggurats and speaking agglutinative language, which later became fusional and spread. And so it telescopes all of that time into the Tower of Bavel account as a single event. Same perhaps with Noah. He might not have been wine's inventor, but it was so available in that region that wine deserved mention.

*Fohrman. Forgive the misspell, please.