Models of Noha’s Ark

The Good Book reads that angered by the sin of mankind, God selects Noah, “a righteous man, blameless in his generation,” and instructs him to build an Ark, and to take on it his family and representatives of the animals. God then destroys the world with a Flood, and afterwards enters into a covenant with Noah and his descendants, the entire human race, promising never again to destroy mankind in this way.

Noah’s Ark was, according to Abrahamic religions, a large vessel built at God’s command to save Noah, his family, and a core stock of the world’s animals from the Great Flood. The story is told in chapters 6-9 of the book of Genesis, with later variations in the Qur’an and several other sources.

Numerous expeditions have explored the region of the mountains of Ararat in northeast Turkey where Genesis says Noah’s Ark came to rest. In 2007, a joint Turkish-Hong Kong expedition team found what is thought to be fossilized wood in a cave on Mount Ararat in Turkey. A sample of the “wood” was analyzed by the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Hong Kong but the results were inconclusive. The origin of the out-crop remains unknown, but the group suggests that it is part of Noah’s Ark. Photos of geologic thin-sections of the “wood” have been examined by several creationary geologists who concur that this is likely volcanic tuff. Typically, some suggest that the finding is a ploy to increase tourism in the area.

The truth of the matter is that the controversy of finding valid evidences of Noah’s Ark is still unresolved. However, many experts have speculated over the shape, dimensions, materials, seaworthiness, capacity, logistics and other information regarding this biblical vessel.

The Bible gives the dimensions, the number of floors, the mention of a window and a door. Now it’s up to us to interpret the rest: cages, walkways, food storage, ramps and railings. There is no way to hide these issues when you build a model, so here is Noah’s Ark according to several minds and model makers around the globe.

After looking closely at these models, I’m inclined to accept that Rod Walsh from Geelong near Melbourne, Australia has a clearer picture of the shape and structure of Noah’s Ark. I would like to know your opinion regarding the several suggestions made by these model makers. Do you think they portray the authentic characteristics of Noah’s vessel? Which model fits your research and conclusions?

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