Earth Sciences. The Earth Has Experienced a Worldwide Flood. . Noah’s Ark Probably Exists . The precise location of the Ark is an open question. While most sightings point to Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, consideration should also be given to a few nearby mountains in western Iran.
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Artist Elfred Lee (right) drew this picture based on the claimed eyewitness account of Ed Davis (left).
In 1970, Lee also drew a picture of the Ark in the presence of another claimed eyewitness, George Hagopian.
Because both Hagopian and Davis were present as Lee made each drawing, they requested many on-the-spot changes.
As Lee was completing Davis’ drawing, he suddenly realized that each man was describing the same object.
This, Lee said, made the hair on the back of his neck stand up.
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Classical Chinese, dating to about 2500 B.C., is one of the oldest languages known.
Its “words,” called pictographs, are often composed of smaller symbols that themselves have meaning and together tell a story.
For example, the classical Chinese word for boat, shown to the left, is composed of the symbols for “vessel,” “eight,” and “mouth” or “person.”
Why would the ancient Chinese refer to a boat as “eight-person-vessel”?
How many people were on the Ark?
This sketch shows how the Ark would fit into a football stadium.
The Ark is frequently depicted as a small boat by those who have not bothered to check its dimensions.
It was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits tall.
While there were several ancient cubits (generally the distance from a man’s elbow to the extended fingers), a cubit was typically 1.5 feet or slightly longer.
The 450-foot-long Ark would snugly fit in a football stadium and would be taller than a four-story building.
This sketch of the Ark is based on George Hagopian’s credible account.
The Ark did not look like a boat. It had a flat bottom, was not streamlined, and had windows in its top.
The flat bottom would have made loading on dry land possible.
Streamlined shapes are important only for ships designed for speed and fuel efficiency—neither of which applied to the Ark.
Windows in the side might be nice for the passengers (or for the proverbial giraffes to stick their necks out), but side windows limit the depth of submergence and the maximum load.
Riding low in the water gives a boat great stability.
Actually, the Hebrew word for Ark does not mean boat; it means box, coffin, or chest—an apt description unknown to Hagopian.