Noah's Ark : A structure that could never have been built in Noah's day

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    The Ark Encounter located in Kentucky (opened in 2016) is a large representation of Noah's Ark based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible. It is 510 feet (155 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, and 51 feet (16 m) high.

    Genesis 6: 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.

    Here is a photo of a representation of Noah's Ark that was built in Kentucky as a tourist attraction. Notice the size of this large structure. Heavy equipment is needed to cut the timber, haul and transport all the logs, lift the heavy timbers and construct it so that the structure doesn't leak after heavy rains.

    Noah's Ark is a structure that couldn't have been built in Noah's time. After you take off your rose-colored glasses, you realize this story is allegorical. There is no way anything of this size could have been built over 4,000 years ago!

  • JoenB75

    I love to visit the Kentucky ark if I ever get to that part of the world although they say it is quite expensive. The story is obviously a myth but cool nevertheless

  • nowwhat?

    Didn't you watch the movie Noah?! Giant rock creatures helped him build it! 😂

  • Overrated

    The whole Noah's Ark story just is not practical. Like all the other tall tales in the bible it leaves alot of questions.

  • waton

    There was a time, not long ago, when woodworking apprentices could not use power tools/ machined stock for the first two years. Imagine the puny pile that could be produced starting from scratch, by 4 workers. Steel tools were not available ~ 3000 Bc. No waterproof super glues to laminate the timber either.

    Water turbulence surging at a rate of 10 meter an hour would reduce it to rubble.

    The Spruce Goose and Mosquito aeroplanes are about the best wood vehicles made.

    Sad, that a carpenter of all people would not discredit that fake news for what it was and is.

    So much for the survival promises of wtBtS. inc.

  • road to nowhere
    road to nowhere

    Pyramids were impossible too.

    That said the thing is not sea worthy nor does the rest of narrative fit; miracle trees, receding waters, population at babbel

  • RubaDub

    When you have a house built, you deal with the contractor, in this case Noah. To actually get the work done, as is typical in any construction project, you subcontract out most of the actual work.

    God was the architect, drawing up the plans. Noah was the contractor to make sure the project was on plan and on budget. Who knows how many smaller companies were involved in the actual work.


    Challenging the basic laws of physics

    The ship would've been too big for its structure to support itself. According to shipbuilding experts, among them A. M. Robb, there is an upper limit to the possible length of any given wooden ship. Anything above 300 feet would start to bend and deform under its own weight when put to the test of the sea in actual navigation.

    noahs ark makes no sense according to science

    That's the nature of wood, and that's why all the ships that even come close to that size are made of iron and steel. Shipbuilders turned to more resistant materials in the 1800s, not because it was more practical, but because such large wooden ships are simply impossible to make.

    Consider that the largest wooden ships ever built, the six-masted schooners, required long iron strappings to support them. And even these couldn't resist a lasting voyage even in shallow water, let alone the violent conditions of the flood. And the ark was supposedly over 100 feet even than these. God must have either performed a constant miracle to keep the ship together or give Noah instructions as to how to build such a structure through a long-forgotten technique.

  • JoenB75

    It might be noteworthy to consider if the story was ever intended to be that literal. It is gets a few mentions in the Bible, not that much for such event. JW of course likes the story due to its global judgment element

  • onestepatatine

    The Arc experience is failing. People are not visiting and its a load of BS. There are so many flaws major flaws to the flood story, no world flood ever happened, the animals that have evolved separately from other animals, there is no way a ship that size could have fit all the animals and good and water needed. Not even close. Its a crazy story that can not be literal.

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