Some, perhaps many, people discount the story of Noah's Ark especially the part about the flood being worldwide (global). After reading this series of blogs that will explore the construction, size and capacity of the Ark, the events and duration of the flood, the outcome of the flood including a look at the fossil remains such as behemoth (dinosaur) fossils and more, I hope to have enlightened many and bring at least some skeptics to the conclusion that the Bible's account is literally true and fully accurate.
With the recent claim of a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers who say they have discovered the wooden remains of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, I believe it would be useful and educational to begin by looking at the construction, size and capacity of the Ark.
Construction of Ark Genesis 6:13-14
"And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch."
Size of Ark Genesis 6:15
"the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits
(About 450 feet. A football field is about 300 feet long. The ark was 150 feet longer than a football field.)
the breadth of it fifty cubits
(Width about 75 feet - the width of about ten standard box cars side by side),
and the height of it thirty cubits."
(Height about 45 feet - as tall as a four-story building).
Capacity of Ark Genesis 6:16, 19,21 and 7: 2-3
"And a window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it."
(lower story - food and supplies, second story - animals, third story - Noah and family)
"And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; and they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them." (Genesis 6:16, 19-21)
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 7:2-3)
The cargo capacity of the ark would be equal to 522 standard railroad stockcars. A standard railroad stockcar can hold about 240 medium-sized animals. Thus, for example, only 188 railroad cars would be needed to hold 45,000 sheep-sized animals, which are many more animals than what was needed to represent all of the KINDs of land animals. That would leave capacity equivalent to 334 railroad cars for food, water, a huge aviary for birds, living space for Noah's family, and even a range area for any of the animals to walk around.
Noah's Ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall with ample cargo space to carry and keep safe more than 45,000 medium-sized animals, plus the needed food and water and living space. All built under God's supervision.
Next writing will highlight events and the duration of the flood. According to the Bible: Noah, his family and the animals spent a total of 371 days on the Ark.
Picture of Ark construction courtesy of Dr. Mace Baker and artist Joshua Suko (Dinobooks.com)
Thanks sister Dorothy for this blog on Noah's Ark. I look forward to the next blog on this series.[img]http://www.pic4ever.com/images/beaverhug.gif[/img]
From Hwa Silverpen
Thanks all for your faithfulness in reading many of the blogs I post. Thanks always for your continuing encouragement. The second blog in this series has now been posted. :-p God Bless all of you in all you do!
371 days on the Ark must have seemed like an eternity! All those animals...all that work of caring for them, keeping the place clean, I just can't imagine. Thanks for taking time to show us the details. Many blessings!