Noahs Ark Goes Dutch
Noah’s ark has landed in the Netherlands. Johan Huibers, a Dutch contractor built the model to showcase the Biblical story and renew interest in Christianity in a country that has lost its faith. Fox News, USA Today, the BBC News, the Christian Post, CBN and many other news sources carried versions of the Associated Press story.
Visitors were stunned by the size of the model. One visitor described it is “past comprehension.” She said, “I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” She might be more stunned to learn that Huibers’ model is only one-half the original as described in Genesis (see ChristianAnswers.net for measurements and artists’ reconstructions).
The AP story quipped that this might help people concerned about rising sea levels from global warming. Nowhere did the reports claim that Huibers expected his model to be seaworthy, though. It’s more a museum. It will have a 50-seat theater, “ancient tools and old-fashioned barrels, exotic stuffed animals, and a wax model of an exhausted Noah reclining on a chair in the forecastle.” Huibers only looked half as exhausted.
This is certainly better than the cartoony representations of Noah in a floating bathtub with elephant and giraffe heads sticking out the top. The true Ark’s dimensions ranked with those of large ocean liners. Anything that helps elucidate the actual story instead of mocking it like the BBC show in 2003 (03/10/2003) might help a jaded, secularized public think about Bible history more seriously. Maybe this limited project will inspire someone to build a full-size model. That would be a real stunner. Better start soon; it might take 100 years.