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January 22, 2011

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Q: Isn’t Noah’s Ark a box shape?

A: The dimensions given in Genesis 6:15 are 300 x 50 x 30 cubits, which translate on the long or royal cubit as roughly 510 x 85 x 51 feet (see the picture below). Some argue for a box shape while others argue for something that looked more like a ship. The basis for this comes from the scant information given in Genesis 6:14–16.

Keep in mind that the Bible doesn’t say it was a box shape. A box-shape is assumed by taking the length, width, and height of the Ark and merely making it into a box. However, this was likely not the case, as ship dimensions are typically given as length, width, and height.

Noah’s Ark was a ship; therefore, it likely had features that ships would commonly have. These are not at all unreasonable assumptions. Noah was 500–600 years old and knew better than to make a simple box that would have had significant issues in a global Flood (e.g., forces on the sharp corners would be too destructive, it could capsize if it is not facing into the wind and waves, and so on). The common way that a floating boat would keep from being turned perpendicular with the wind and waves is by having features on the front and back that naturally point it into the wind and waves. This would eliminate the need for four sharp corners as well.

Continue reading to discover more about the construction and design of the biblical Ark.

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