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Man builds working replica of Noah's Ark (exact scale given in Bible)
Spirit Daily ^ | October 17, 2009

Posted on 10/18/2009 11:16:37 AM PDT by NYer

This is amazing. The wood alone would have cost him a fortune.   
 
Man builds working replica of Noah's Ark (exact scale given in Bible)

In Schagen , Netherlands


The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.


The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high an d 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals
greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.


A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.


Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son, Roy. Construction began in May 2005.. On the uncovered top
- deck not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel.

Visitors on the first day were stunned. 'It's past comprehension', said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.


'I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big ' There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands , where church-going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.


Now that I am old and gray...give me the time to tell this new generation (and their children, too) about all your mighty miracles.
Psalm 71:18


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1 posted on 10/18/2009 11:16:39 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Pretty amazing!


2 posted on 10/18/2009 11:17:35 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Now that is cool.


3 posted on 10/18/2009 11:19:19 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count rat your votes until they are cast.)
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To: NYer

I like the last picture. Oh the influence of modern liberalism.


4 posted on 10/18/2009 11:19:51 AM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: NYer

Wasn’t there a movie about this?


5 posted on 10/18/2009 11:26:28 AM PDT by JLS
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To: TheZMan

Yes with their godless mindset that ‘things’ will save you!


6 posted on 10/18/2009 11:28:20 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: NYer

Just waiting to hear from the enviroNazi’s about how many precious trees were sacrificed and the cruel rape of mother earth to re-create the Ark.


7 posted on 10/18/2009 11:32:41 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: NYer

It’s an impressive building, but it’s not a working replica of a ship.


8 posted on 10/18/2009 11:33:47 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: NYer

If it suddenly takes off with a 6 year old boy inside, I’m going to be skeptical ;-)

Pretty cool!


9 posted on 10/18/2009 11:34:25 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: NYer

Thanks! I already passed it around so others can enjoy.


10 posted on 10/18/2009 11:38:01 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Mr. Lucky

Right, framed like a tool shed, not a ocean going vessel. Knees and braces too weak, not in site. No steering. Looks really small to put in all the creatures of the earth and the food. Looks like you could put in many of the creatures of the earth.


11 posted on 10/18/2009 11:38:44 AM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: NYer

Now he just needs to start preaching for the next 120 years or so that the world is gonna be destroyed.


12 posted on 10/18/2009 11:38:46 AM PDT by texanyankee
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To: TheZMan

Excellent observation!


13 posted on 10/18/2009 11:42:22 AM PDT by freeagle
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To: DariusBane

sight not site
one of these days im gonna proof read before posting.


14 posted on 10/18/2009 11:42:29 AM PDT by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: OriginalChristian

ping.


15 posted on 10/18/2009 11:44:14 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (Thanks again...)
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To: NYer

Awesome!


16 posted on 10/18/2009 11:47:06 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: NYer
Man builds working replica of Noah's Ark

Then why is it sitting on a barge?

17 posted on 10/18/2009 11:47:31 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: NYer

Very impressive - thanks for posting.


18 posted on 10/18/2009 11:58:13 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: GOP Poet; GOP Golfer

ping


19 posted on 10/18/2009 12:05:42 PM PDT by GOP Golfer
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To: DariusBane
i've often thought about this...and have come to the conclusion that we have more species now than we did when the ark was originally built. For example, how many different kinds of dogs are there today? All of them are descended from wolves and he really only needed to pack 2 wolves on the ark.

I have also thought about how fast species change. I remember hearing about the filming of the movie "Robin Hood" with Kevin Costner in it. They were attempting to be as authentic as possible so they had to find cattle as they were at the time when Robin Hood lived. these cattle were incredibly small compared to what we know as cattle today - in only 700 years the species had changed and diversified to an incredible scale!

anyways, just bits of info on the real Flood and ark that I have assembled over the years.

20 posted on 10/18/2009 12:06:27 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: NYer

appropriate, what with the netherparts’ legacy as shipbuilders and all.


21 posted on 10/18/2009 12:12:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fearing for the republic 24/7.)
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To: NYer
that date palm tree on the deck is a nice touch.

I see it's on a barge. I wonder if it would float, if it would be broken to pieces, or what, were it actually placed in the water.

22 posted on 10/18/2009 12:15:06 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fearing for the republic 24/7.)
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To: All
The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

Related threads:
Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens In Schagen, Netherlands (virtually the same article, from 2008)
Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions [Built as Big as Noah's!]

23 posted on 10/18/2009 12:19:36 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: NYer

Now he can sell it to the Natives and they can fill it with nickel and quarter machines...


24 posted on 10/18/2009 12:23:24 PM PDT by djf
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To: NYer

It would have to be 10 times the size of an aircraft carrier to even come close to being concievable!


25 posted on 10/18/2009 12:24:22 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: the invisib1e hand
It would sink. The hull appears to be basic lap siding, and not tightly grained at that. No evidence from interior photos of being made watertight by sealing it with pitch or any other means.

No one really seems to know what “gopher wood” might be in this day and time, so an accurate reconstruction is going to be problematic.

This is not to diminish the man's inspired effort, to make real a Biblical occurrence that is dismissed as myth all too often, especially in that part of the world.

26 posted on 10/18/2009 12:26:23 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NYer

So awesome.


27 posted on 10/18/2009 12:29:07 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: ImaGraftedBranch

She’s a big one.


28 posted on 10/18/2009 12:30:05 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: mnehring

The dimensions are correct, not necessarily the fact that it should go on the high seas. He doesn’t have the vessel covered with pitch yet does he?


29 posted on 10/18/2009 12:40:44 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Ultra Sonic 007 says: She’s a big one.

That’s what HE said....


30 posted on 10/18/2009 12:41:39 PM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: RegulatorCountry

It’s instructional for what it shows about scale and proportion, at least.


31 posted on 10/18/2009 12:43:28 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fearing for the republic 24/7.)
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To: NYer
An amazing endeavor. I wonder if it would float?
32 posted on 10/18/2009 12:47:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: NYer

Pretty cool, but now he needs to drag it up to a mountain in Turkey and leave it there.


33 posted on 10/18/2009 12:51:49 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: NYer

WOW!


34 posted on 10/18/2009 12:56:51 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: NYer
Noach is this week's parashah.
35 posted on 10/18/2009 12:58:33 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Vayhi hageshem `al-ha'aretz; 'arba`im yom ve'arba`im laylah.)
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To: latina4dubya

Check out the pics.


36 posted on 10/18/2009 1:02:01 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: NYer

Cool! On the specifics, when God tells you to build a boat and intends the creatures of the earth and man to survive He’s quite capable of keeping you afloat. And Noah needn’t have steered. Where was he going?


37 posted on 10/18/2009 1:02:22 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
No one really seems to know what “gopher wood” might be

He had sons, when he told them to go fer wood; what they brought back became by extension....nyukyuk

39 posted on 10/18/2009 1:12:19 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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To: NYer

Very cool! I must admit, though, when I first read the headline my mind thought of Bill Cosby exclaiming “WHO’S GONNA CLEAN UP THAT MESS DOWN THERE?”


40 posted on 10/18/2009 1:17:08 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: NYer
Since I mentioned Bill Cosby...

YouTube audio of "Noah...RIGHT!!"

41 posted on 10/18/2009 1:19:37 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: NYer; scripter; metmom; DaveLoneRanger; editor-surveyor; betty boop; Alamo-Girl; MrB; GourmetDan; ..
I think those are pictures of Johan Huiber's half-sized replica. Last I checked, he is still working on the full sized Ark. Here is a link to a story about the half-sized version:

http://creation.com/one-man-and-a-vision-johan-huibers-ark-builder-in-netherlands

Here is a picture of one of the uncompleted decks of Huiber's full size replica. I think it's safe to say they could hold one heck of a lot of animals in there!!!

Here is a link to Huiber's website where you will find more pictures of the construction of the full sized version:

http://www.arkvannoach.com/index.php/en/about-the-ark/photos-ark

And here is an AP video of a land-based, full-size replica of the Ark in Hong Kong. I'm surprised I haven't heard of any stories of the Red Chinese making life difficult for this Ark museum.

http://en.video.canoe.tv/video/news/weird/14644262001/raw-video-full-size-noahs-ark-replica/24161706001

42 posted on 10/18/2009 1:43:21 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: RegulatorCountry
“gopher” is simply a transliteration of the Hebrew and refers to a resinous tree, possibly cypress. It may be related to the word “kopher” or tar.
43 posted on 10/18/2009 2:13:38 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Reaganesque

LOL that was my first reaction also......glad I wasn’t the only one.........


44 posted on 10/18/2009 2:46:39 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: GodGunsGuts; All

An interesting project. The most ancient shipbuilding techniques are just the opposite of what he used, i.e; the hull was built first and sewn together and then a framework inside built. Since most of the strength would be in the outer hull massive frameworks internally were not necessary.

So even with the tools available at the time, (axes, scrapers and rope) building a large floating box or ark is quite feasible. No rudder or tapered bow needed just water tightness which bitumen would furnish.


45 posted on 10/18/2009 2:47:29 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
“gopher” is simply a transliteration of the Hebrew

"Transliteration" in and of itself is not any sort of dismissal of "gopher" or "gofer." That's the way Hebrew words are dealt with in other languages, and how words in other languages are dealt with in Hebrew.

The fact remains that the intended meaning of the word remains unclear to Hebrew scholars of the modern era.

It's been thought to mean any number of species of tree, and so it's reasonable to name species known to be used in shipbuilding. Cypress was and is treasured because it doesn't rot. But, that's speculation.

It's also thought to be a reference to a means of processing or forming wood for shipbuilding. Squared beams is one such translation. Laminated wood is another.

One thing it's not, is unpitched knotty pine lap siding, though. Not seaworthy at all. It would sink.

46 posted on 10/18/2009 3:04:38 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NYer

BUMP!


47 posted on 10/18/2009 3:13:35 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: count-your-change

He’s making the same nod to conventional expectation of a “ship” that countless illustrators of books containing reference to the ark of Noah have. So, it has a bow and a rudder.

The directions contained within the Bible lead to a large floating box, as you note, the very specific proportions of which have been tested in the modern era and shown to be ideal for remaining upright and afloat in very rough seas. That’s enough. But, people expect to see what they expect to see, and have been accomodated.


48 posted on 10/18/2009 3:18:56 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: JLS

Evan Almighty


49 posted on 10/18/2009 3:23:01 PM PDT by steveo (Two Thousand Ten - Never Again)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Not a dismissal of course, just a way of not translating the word and leaving the specifics open. Knotty pine? No. And think of how many man caves are lacking wall covering now.

And of course the needs of a vessel that is under power and /or steered are different from one that just needs to stay afloat for a relatively short period of time.

Still the fellow has accomplished quite a feat and helped to visualize somewhat the scale of what the Noah and family built.

50 posted on 10/18/2009 3:41:08 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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