Science and the Bible Part 5—Building a Ship

Science and the Bible Part 5—Building a Ship


In Genesis 6, God gave Noah the dimensions to build a 1.5 million cubic foot ark—at a time when flooding was unheard of. The dimensions were 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in breadth, and 30 cubits in height.


Depending upon the ancient culture, a cubit could vary from approximately 17-22 inches in length.


The exact length of the cubit used by Noah is not as important as the pattern of 30:5:3. At Hoorn in Holland in the 1600’s, a ship was built using the same template (30:5:3) as the Ark. It revolutionized shipbuilding. This same scale became the rough dimensions of ocean going vessels for the next 300 years. By 1900 every large ship on the high seas was inclined toward these dimensions.


Studies conducted by a world-class ship research center, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO), analyzed the biblical ark. [1] Their research determined that an Ark with the proportions of 30:5:3 was optimal for:


  • Carrying Cargo
  • Survivability (i.e., seaworthiness for horrific wave activity)
  • They also determined that a craft with dimensions of 450 feet by 75 feet by 45 (30:5:3) feet could easily withstand sustained wave activity of around 90 feet
  • It would be nearly impossible for the boat to capsize


Big deal you say? It is when you consider there were no engineers that offered Noah expert advice. For those who doubt the flood took place, it still does not erase the written documentation of Genesis with the template of 30:5:3 that could only have been given by divine inspiration as the first ship was built from gopher wood.






[1]—korea-research-institute-of-ships-and-ocean-engineering.html – accessed June 24, 2016


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