Bob Cornuke (born 1951) is an American writer and president of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration Institute (BASE), which is operated from his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He describes himself as a Biblical archaeologist, but has no degree or training in archaeology.
Background and explorations
He holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Bible and Theology, both from the unaccredited Louisiana Baptist University. He is the author of six books about his explorations. Cornuke uses the Bible as a literal guide for his explorations, and gives it priority over secular and historical sources.
James K. Hoffmeier describes him as "a former Los Angeles SWAT policeman and more recently a real estate agent" in his 2005 book Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition.
Cornuke claims to have discovered the anchors from the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck in Marsaskala, as described in the Bible's Book of Acts, chapter 27 — by searching the sea floor off the coast of Malta.
His also made expeditions to Takht-i-Suleiman in Iran in July 2005 and June 2006, where he asserts that he found a rock formation approximately 400 ft long at 13,120 ft (4,000 m) elevation. Cornuke's search appeared on Fox News, CNN, and Good Morning America as well as others.
Island of Malta
In 2002 Cornuke claimed to have found anchors from the biblical shipwreck of the Apostle Paul in waters near Malta. This claim has been disputed. In 2003 Christianity Today reported that the then U.S. ambassador Kathryn Proffitt sued Cornuke to stop the sale of his book after she arranged for the "Maltese government to pardon the fisherman." (Cornuke would claim these "were from the apostle's ship.") Proffitt contended that as part of the pardon arrangement and several other issues, Cornuke agreed to remain silent about the pardon and "to allow Proffitt and the Maltese government to edit the book. He would also be required to encourage tourists to visit ancient temples." According to some he did not keep his part of the agreement.
A federal judge denied the request to hold up publication of the book since it was already released at the time. Even still, "what the Maltese government is apparently upset about, however, isn't that Cornuke's book was published without its permission, but that it claims that the shipwreck never happened in the traditional site on the northeastern tip of the island, now known as St. Paul's Bay."
Supporters of Cornuke claimed in June 2006 that Cornuke may have discovered Noah's Ark in a pile of dark-colored rocks on the Iranian Takht-e Suleiman ("Throne of Solomon") or Mount Suleiman in the Alborz (Elborz) Mountains. Cornuke relies heavily on one eyewitness of Noah's Ark, Ed Davis, in which there are problems with him being in Iran let alone at this site when he claimed to see Noah's Ark in 1943. Even creationist geologists doubt whether the rocks viewed by Cornuke are petrified and are urging caution. The research team included Arch Bonnema, film producer of The Genius Club and other well-known Christian businessmen. The oldest creationist organization does not believe the rocks viewed by Cornuke are petrified or Noah's Ark. Even Cornuke himself isn't completely convinced that what he observed was Noah's Ark or even if it was petrified wood. Associates for Biblical Research also produced a 7,800-word paper about problems with the Cornuke site. National Geographic critiqued the rocks at the site.
- In Search of the Mountain of God: The Discovery of the Real Mt. Sinai, Part 1, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000. ISBN 0-8054-2052-5 (Co-written with David Halbrook)
- In Search of the Lost Mountains of Noah: The Discovery of the Real Mt. Ararat, Part 2, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001. ISBN 0-8054-2054-1 (Co-written with David Halbrook)
- In Search of the Lost Ark of the Covenant, Part 3, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002. ISBN 0-8054-2053-3 (Co-written with David Halbrook)
- The Lost Shipwreck of St. Paul, Global Publishing Services, 2003. ISBN 0-9714100-3-8
- Ark Fever:Legend Chaser, Tyndale House Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-4143-0296-7
- Relic Quest: Legend Chaser, Tyndale House Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-4143-0297-5
- The Bell Messenger: A Novel, (with Alton Gansky), Howard Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4165-4981-9
- Temple — Amazing New Discoveries That Change Everything About The Location Of Solomon's Temple, LifeBridge Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-939779-09-0
- Wilson, Jennifer (August 1, 2006). "A piece of Noah's Ark?". The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Wilson, Jennifer. "Is Noah's Ark on mount in Iran? Man scours the world looking for religious artifacts", Deseret Morning News, August 11, 2006. Accessed December 19, 2007. "Bob Cornuke doesn't have a degree in archaeology; he holds a doctorate in Bible and theology from Louisiana Baptist University."
- Hoffmeier, James K. (2005). Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition. Oxford University Press. pp. 132–33. ISBN 978-0-19-515546-4.
- "Searching for St. Paul's Shipwreck". CBN. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Cornuke, Bob (2006-06-17). Heartland with John Kasich (Interview). Interviewed by John Kasich. Fox News. Missing or empty
- Cornuke, Bob (2006-07-02). "Possible Remnants of Noah's Ark". CNN LIVE (Interview). Interviewed by Susan Roesgen. CNN.
- Cornuke, Bob (2006-06-29). "Mysteries of the Bible; Is This Really Noah's Ark?". Good Morning America (Interview). Interviewed by Chris Cuomo. ABC News.
- Olsen, Ted. Apostle Paul's Shipwreck Makes Headlines. Christianity Today. May 15, 2003
- Brannon Howse, Noah's Ark? For Real, Christian Worldview Network, June 16, 2006.
- Ed Davis Eyewitness Location, NoahsArkSearch.com.
- Tas Walker, Caution about 'Ark' discovery, CreationOnTheWeb.com, July 5, 2006.
- John Morris, Ph.D., Ark is rock not petrified wood, icr.org, July 21, 2006.
- Rick Lanser, M.Div, Noah's Ark in Iran? Archived 2006-08-20 at the Wayback Machine., abr.christiananswers.net, July 20, 2006.
- Kate Ravilious, Noah's Ark Discovered in Iran?, National Geographic, July 5, 2006.