Noah’s Ark has fascinated generations and recent recreations have shown today’s generations how real and practical the world’s most famous ship proves to be.
Two major efforts to create models are featured here. One by Johan Huibers in the Netherlands and another by Rod Walsh in Australia.
Another recreation of Noah’s ark was made for the Movie, Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.
While the Evan Almighty model was made for the cameras, another large model of Noah’s Ark has been made for people to explore. It is located in Schagen, Netherlands.
The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it’s only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That’s two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.
Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.
A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.
Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son, Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top – deck not quite ready in time for the opening – will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel.
Visitors on the first day were stunned. ‘It’s past comprehension’, said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
‘I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big’. There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theatre where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church-going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.
“Now that I am old and gray…give me the time to tell this new generation (and their children too) about all your mighty miracles.” Psalm 71:18
ANOTHER NOAH’S ARK MODEL….
In Geelong, west of Melbourne, Australia, Rod Walsh has made several models of Noah’s Ark, on a more modest scale to the Dutch version. Rod has given much attention to detail and his models reveal the amazing capacity and effectiveness of the Biblical boat.
Rod Walsh has not only recreated the Biblical specifications for Noah’s Ark, but has also created a model interior, which is not specified in the historical records. By doing this he has been able to show the enormous storage capacity of the world’s first ship.
Rod and Nancy Walsh spearhead CMI-Australia’s dynamic traveling Ark Van ministry. Rod and Nancy spend many months of each year traveling to remote parts of Australia (and also overseas).
Rod is a model-builder and has painstakingly crafted five separate Noah’s Ark models to scale. Each one conforms to the general biblical principles most creationists adhere to.
According to Genesis 6:15, the Ark measured 300x50x30 cubits, which is about 140x23x14 metres. Its volume was 43,000 cubic metres. This is the same volume as 522 standard American railroad stock cars, each of which can hold 240 sheep in total. Part of Rod’s mission, when he felt prompted to build the ark models, was to help people understand how real the Ark was.
There is no Biblical evidence that Noah had help from the animals in making the Ark. But the makers of Evan Almighty thought it was a cute idea to show how animals lent help to the ancient builder.
HEROD’S TEMPLE MODEL …
Another model maker has created a huge replica of Herod’s Temple, from the time of Jesus Christ.
To see pictures of that creative model making effort, go to: http://chrisfieldblog.com/archaeology/herods-temple-model