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Evidence That Noah’s Ark Existed, New Book Says

Noah's Ark, Scandinavia Publishing House/The Christian Post

Is There Any Evidence That Noah’s Ark Existed and That the Flood Occurred? How, for example, could all those animals fit in the Ark?

Book review by Conny Crisalli,, October 3, 2012

Most people are familiar with the story of the Biblical flood and how God reiterated centuries later in Isaiah 54:9 “… for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth …” and it would not occur again. In Henri Nissen’s Noah’s Ark – Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries, the topic of finding the actual ark is methodically explored and examined.

This three hundred and thirty-two page, hardbound book has a photograph of Mount Ararat on the front cover. Inside there are both black/white and colored photographs, charts, diagrams, maps and drawings related to Noah’s Ark. A brown rock photograph runs along the bottom of each glossy, smooth page. The book is targeted mainly toward Christians and Jews who believe and support that God flooded the earth several thousand years ago. There are several spacing and capitalization errors and there is no index to reference a person, place or topic.

Nissen divides the book into three parts: a historical section that discusses Noah, the Great Flood, Mount Ararat and the plethora of physical attempts to find the ark dating from ancient to current times; the Kurdish-Chinese breakthrough in 2008 when they located a large wooden structure under ice and rock at Mount Ararat; and background information on the ark from Biblical accounts including ship building, mankind’s knowledge and age, the Book of Jasher, King Gilgamesh’s poetry and current day replicas of the vessel.

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By Richard Johnson:

According to Genesis the Ark measured 300 x 50 x 30 cubits (Genesis 6:15), which is approximately 140 x 23 x 13.5 meters or 459 x 75 x 44 feet. The ratio of length to width to height is 30:5:3. Tests on models of the Ark made to exact specifications have shown that it could survive capsizing by waves of up to 200 feet high, and that even if it pitched to a near 90 degree angle it could then right itself. Because it wasn’t designed to go anywhere in particular, it needed no propulsion or steering system; it just needed to be seaworthy and provide accommodation for one year, and the design was perfect for that.

The total volume of the Ark was 43,500 cubic meters or about 1.5 million cubic feet-equal to that of 522 standard American railroad livestock cars, each of which can hold up to 240 sheep. That means the Ark could hold over 125,000 animals, if the average size were that of a sheep.

Image: Noah’s Ark, Scandinavia Publishing House/The Christian Post

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