Skip to comments.Modern-Day Noah: Dutch Man Builds Ark of Biblical Proportions
Posted on 02/16/2011 10:16:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
If you had infinite time and endless religious zeal, what are the chances you'd spend your days building a life-size replica of Noah's Ark?
After dreaming of the Netherlands disappearing in water almost 20 years ago, Johan Huibers set out to recreate an ark like Noah's in the Book of Genisis. Practically speaking, it's not a ridiculous aspiration, as nearly one-quarter of the Netherlands lies below sea level. Almost 2,000 people in his home province were killed by a flood in 1953.
Between 2005 and 2007 he built his first ark, spending six days a week constructing a half-size replica using the biblical measurements. During the first two years after it was completed, 400,000 visitors toured the ark. Last year, he sold the original model to a friend in order to focus his energies on the main event, a full-size ark.
Now, the Dutch building contractor has nearly completed a life-size model of Noah's ark, which he says will be ready for visitors in May. His current opus follows the dimensions described in Genesis 6:15 -- 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 30 cubits. The new ark's volume is nearly ten times the original's. Despite his attempted precision, there is no standardized interpretation of the size of a cubit. Huiber is equating the biblical measurement to half a meter. Inside, it houses two theaters, a cinema, a restaurant, live animals (of course) and a train that takes visitors on a ride through the creation story.
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How long can you tread water?
RE: infinite time?
Probably means he has lots of time in his hands. I wonder where he gets the money for this project...
North Sea tsunami.
Who’s finger tips and who’s elbow?
It it the same for a midget?
"Say ... can I borrow your boat?"
It said in the article he had bank loans, and the investment was over a million.
He needs about 100,000 visitors to break even. I’ll bet he makes it.
Handsome man, great work, I’d love to go and take the whole fam.
I wish he had made it all the way the same length instead of half. In for a penny, in for a pound. Still a very useful illustration of the absolute truth of God’s word.
RE: It it the same for a midget?
I’ve heard some Ark lecturers tell the audience that Noah was a gigantic man (but how would they know ??)
They have found large human skeletons, upwards of 18 feet or se in the archeological record.