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Noah's Ark

God's instructions for building the Ark.
Contributed by Bible Scenes
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese
When God observed that all mankind was vicious and depraved, He decided to send a flood to destroy them. Noah was the only truly righteous man living on the earth at that time, so God instructed him to build a boat, an Ark, to save him, his family and the animal population. – Slide 1
The Biblical word for Ark is ‘tebah’. It is used 28 times in the OT and is only used of Noah's Ark and for the container in which Moses was hidden among the bulrushes. As a similar Egyptian word means ‘box’, the Ark was not like a streamlined vessel designed to easily glide through the water. In this picture the size of ‘the Ark’ shown alongside a soccer pitch. – Slide 2
God instructed Noah to build the Ark 300 cubits long by 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. A cubit is the distance from a man’s elbow to the tip of his middle finger, typically between 45-54 cm 1(18-21 inches) That makes the Ark around 135m (440ft) long, 22.5m (74ft) wide, and 13.5m (45ft) high. – Slide 3
The Ark was to be built of ‘gopher wood’. ‘Gopher’ is a Hebrew word whose meaning is unknown so it was left untranslated. The NIV translates it ‘cypress wood’, as this wood is highly resistant to rot. Other translations describe it as ‘resinous wood’. Gopher could have been a pre-flood wood with which we are not familiar. – Slide 4
The Ark had three stories with only one door. – Slide 5
At 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high, the volume of the ark is estimated at about 1.5 million cubic feet, which is about a third of the volume of the Titanic. – Slide 6
The Ark had a ratio (length x width x height) of 30 x 5 x 3. According to ship-builders, this ratio represents an advanced knowledge of ship-building since it is the optimum design for stability in rough seas. The Ark, as designed by God, was virtually impossible to capsize! It would have to have been tilted over 90 degrees in order to capsize. – Slide 7
The Ark was to be coated inside and out with pitch to make it watertight. – Slide 8
The Ark had a roof with a small opening, one cubit high, below it – but no steering wheel. It was made to float, and God steered the ship at will. – Slide 9
The inside of the Ark had a space that could fit about 1,300 of the standard 7m (20ft) shipping containers you see on cargo ships. There was over 100,000 square feet of floor space. – Slide 10
The Ark was to hold two of each ‘kind’ of land animal. The biblical ‘kind’ is a ‘family’ level of classification. <br/>Recent studies estimate the total number of living and extinct ‘kinds’ of land animals and flying creatures to be about 1,500. – Slide 11
This would mean that Noah cared for approximately 7,000 animals. (Source: Ark encounter website). There was room on the Ark for 40,000 animals with the average size of a sheep. – Slide 12
Noah obeyed God’s instructions in building the Ark. God closed the door when all to be saved were onboard and protected them during the flood. – Slide 13
Noah and his family were aboard the Ark for one year and ten days. – Slide 14
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