Noah’s Ark Being Rebuilt

A man from the Netherlands is building his own scale model of Noah’s Ark, reproducing as much as possible the boat described in the Book of Genesis. The ark is one-fifth the size of Noah’s and is built of American cedar and Norwegian pine, but otherwise intends to match the biblical description. The builder, Johan Huibers, is spending $1 million, but hopes to recover that cost by charging admission to visitors. In September, he plans to sail the boat through the interior waters of the Netherlands. The article has more information and a couple of photos.


8 thoughts on “Noah’s Ark Being Rebuilt

  1. Hi Todd,
    Searching for news of the moving of the Holyland model, I came across your excellent blog. Couldn’t see another way of writing to you, so forgive me not having anything to say about Noah’s Ark!

    I have just got into this blog thing – maybe you’d like to check mine out. See what you think!

    With your permission, I’d like to mention your blog on my site, as it has such great information.

    p.s I live on Moshav Tal Shachar. Where are you?

  2. Hi Todd,

    That sounds good, I’m glad atleast we’ll see a replica.
    I like your blog, it brings life to what we read in the Bible, not as some distant teaching but real stuff.
    God Bless.

  3. There’s an old saying… “It’s better to keep your mouth shut & look stupid than to open it & prove it”

    First of all, Noah & Co. could not have travelled the entire world and collected breeding pairs of all animals that exist
    on the planet. It’s impossible. Ask any animal poacher, zoo or zooligist, anyone with any international sailing experience,
    any cargo ship captain, any historian (who doesn’t also believe in “intelligent design”)…. or anyone with half a brain
    for that matter. Even if just for arguement’s sake he could have; He would have had to been an expert veterinarian who
    specialized in all exotic species with a complete stock of all related medicine & a fully equiped & staffed clinic in
    order to remotely hope to keep the vast variety of extremely diverse & highly delicate animals alive. Even assuming that
    he was capable of this, he must have lost inumerable species due just to illnesses & having only one breeding pair per
    exotic animal (suppose that the pair didn’t find each other particularily attractive). Secondly; He would have had to have the additional food storage capability for all the animal pairs on
    Earth for an entire year (actually far more than a year being that they landed & disembarked on top of Mount Ararat, an arid
    environment without vegitation with which to sustain the massive crowd of exotic & domestic critters. On top of that, most
    of the exotic animals require entirely different & vastly diverse menus, many of which rely upon exotic insects, roots,
    fruits, protein sources, vegitation etc in order for them to survive. That is, of course, if one can get the traumatized
    animals to even eat. Ask anyone experienced with handling exotic animals at zoos for example, and they will tell you that
    you can’t just plop down hay & dried fish (most likely what the Ark team had available in very limited supply) in front of,
    say, a Koala Bear & expect it to survive. This means that he would have had to collect more than a years worth of food
    native to each animal, transported it without spoilage all the way back and stored it at home base. This of course implies
    that Noah & Co. made all the round the world trips required to collect all the animals & the medicine & foods required to
    stock his ship. Unless he did all of that on one trip. Any person who is dim-witted enough to believe that an ordinary
    Middle-Eastern family from thousands of years ago had the time required to or was physically or technologically capable of travelling to every single continent, to scour every
    single square foot of each (mountain top, desert, jungle, arctic tundra, marshland, plain etc), to capture, feed &
    transport every last wild exotic animal, insect, bird & fresh water creature (with all their specialized nutritional
    requirements) on the planet back to a, from an engineering standpoint, highly unbelievable wooden boat project he had going on in his backyard…. is…. has.. has a leaky plastic sack of
    decomposing moldy mixed vegatables in their skull instead of a brain.
    And, Dutchman Johan Huibers, any adult who pushes this insane idea as fact upon the immature & impressionable mind of any child anywhere, should be jailed as criminally insane. However, in your case Johan, I would expect you to prove that it could actually be done (sorry… no plastic animals this time). So have a nice trip. We’ll see you when you get back.

    Well… you asked for my opinion…didn’t you??! ….?

  4. Well, after reading all that, I have to make a comment. First of all, God told Noah to bring one of every KIND of animal on the ark, not one of every species. Did you know that zebras, horses, donkeys etc. are all just one kind? That is, that they can all interbreed? There was one common ancestor of these on the ark, just like there was one common ancestor representing the wolves, dogs and foxes on the ark. They were probably all babies too, to save room and give them more time to repopulate. Noah did not need to go find them, God brought them to him, and the earth’s crust had not broken open yet to release all the ocean’s waters, so oceans were probably much smaller, and it had only been about 2600 years since creation, so the animals were probably not dispersed very far anyway. Many animals did not need to go on the ark, either, like fish, insects, and crabs. The could just live in the oceans or lay eggs that would have no trouble surviving a flood. Noah lived to be about eighthundred or so, so he had plenty of time to build the ark and store food (not to mention he had sons to help), and growing conditions were much better back then (with compressed oxygen and all), so his “cubit”, length of his for arm, may have been much longer than ours today, so the ark may be much bigger than we expect. As for disease, there was not much time between creation and the flood for inbreeding, and so their genes weren’t messed up yet, so there wouldn’t have been as much sickness, and animals as a whole would have been stronger and less prone to illness. When the flood ended, vegitation was already growing (it is written that the dove brought back an olive leaf, implying that trees had grown up already) and there were plenty of dead animals for the carnivours to eat. I have heard plenty of research about how possible the ark really is. Besides, almost every culture on earth has a “Great Flood” story, and many nations trace their geneologies back to Noah himself, or one of his sons. Geology also points to a flood. Consider the layers of sediment out west. If these layers were laid down in even just a several years, wouldn’t the lines between them be bumpy and worn from the weather and climate? But the horizontal lines are perfectly straight, the way water would leave them as it drained off into the oceans. I’ve seen the evidence for a young earth, and I believe it with all my mind and heart.

  5. Glubnutt Yurdy needs to heed his own advice: better to be quiet and respectful than to throw around a moronic cum intellectual position and look like a dolt while thinking oneself to be a genius.

    The anti intelligent design crowd hate the mere thought of an intelligent designer, mostly because it spoils the party; we can engage in cosmogenic myth making and ensure that scientific theory says whatever we want. When we disprove one theory sufficiently, we just create a new one. It’s been done for thousands of years; it’s not an enlightened position.

    For example, darn if we don’t rub up against such simplistic, troubling, aspects such as ‘spontaneous generation’, but hey, whose keeping track. That cool moon that you see up there 240k miles away: scientists can’t quite figure out who that thing ‘evolved’ but we won’t worry about it either. We’ll just demonize anyone who has the audacity to say that God created it. While we’re at it, we might as well say that people who believe in Noahs ark are idiots too. I would just add that people of Noah’s day mocked him too and called him worse names than ‘vegetables for brains’ I’m sure. But Noah lived longer and more happily than them; probably even stretched out on his hammock while the rain started to slash across the earth. Guess that Noah guy knew something they didn’t after all.

  6. Good Robin..!! I completely agree with you..!! The measurements that our God said is abt 4000 yrs old. Its so much stupidity in terms of analyzing scripture by science and that I call as Non-sense.I’m a Biotechnologist and my science doesnt prove all this, but who cares…. its all wat God said and we perfectly believe that…!!!

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