Noah’s Ark replica attracts flood of interest

by Tas Walker

Published: 5 June 2011 (GMT+10)
Replica Ark under construction in August 2010 (photo Marie Kuipers).

Johan's challenge

Johan Huibers … the successful owner of a big construction company, has spent the past few years building an ark, using the measurements for the one Noah is said in the book of Genesis to have built: 300 cubits in length, 30 cubits high and 50 cubits wide. … He is building the ark out of Swedish pine, because some versions of the Bible describe the wood God ordered Noah to use as “resin wood”, which Huibers says is pine. “We should finish by the middle of July,” he says.

The New York Times reported a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark under construction by Johan Huibers in Dordrecht, Netherlands. The size of the vessel is incredible.

Huibers’ ark evokes amazed interest because it breaks the stereotype of it being like a large bathtub and wholly implausible. The article is fascinating and written from a humorous perspective. Check out the photos on the article. [Search nytimes.com for A Biblical Blueprint Meets the Fire Code and the Neighbors]

This event in history, which occurred just a few thousand years ago, demands a major re-evaluation of every area of modern thinking. Properly understand Noah’s Flood and we will better understand our world today, including our human origins, biogeography, languages, Australian Aborigines, geology, paleontology, the Ice Age, animal extinction, climate change, and so on.

Geologists often disparage this event as a myth and continue to ignore its implications, but Huiber’s life-size replica challenges that view.

Readers’ comments

Mark J.
Thank you for your great apologetic ministry, it has been extremely helpful to me over the years. A question. With Flood waters covering all of the land and then draining off at the end of the deluge, why are the rivers largely fresh water and not saline. Also related to this: if the continents were covered with salt water would not have that killed off all vegetation. How is it that the dove found a freshly picked olive leaf? One more question. At the beginning of Genesis the Lord calls the separation of darkness and light "evening" and "morning". This is done without sunrise or sunset as a reference point for morning and night as the Sun is yet to be created. How do you answer the long agers who say that this is not necessarily referring to a twenty four hour period of time? Once again thanks for the great work. Regards Mark.

Brief response: Rivers today are supplied by fresh water from rainfall. Rainfall during and after the Flood would have cleared the salt from the land. Plants can survive for quite a time in salt water. What is needed for a day is a source of light and a rotating earth. Both were present on Days 1–3. The way the word ‘day’ is used in Genesis 1, i.e. its context, makes it clear that it is a twenty-four-hour period. You will find more detailed answers to these questions by using the search box or by going to the Q&A page under topics.
Jodi J.
Thank you for keeping us updated on the progress/happenings of this Noah’s Ark replica by Johan Huibers. What an inspiring story, about how individuals in the faith can make a difference.
David B.
The Today Show did a video story on the ark. You guys might want to take an in depth look and do a story on it. This could be a(nother) great witnessing tool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcLf6xHcT8c

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