A Man Who Built A Real-Sized Noah’s Ark Wants To Sail It To Israel

Businessman Johan Huibers, who in 2012 constructed a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark based on the description in the Bible, plans to sail the vessel through the waters of Israel according to a recent interview.

According to the Genesis Flood Narrative, in chapters 6–9, Noah’s Ark appears as the vessel in which God spares Noah, his family, and a remnant of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood.
The bow of Huibers’ Noah’s Ark is seen in Krimpen aan de Ijssel, the Netherlands. (Wikimedia Commons)

Curiously, the dimensions of the ark are based on numerology. For example, the length: 300 cubits, is 60×5, and the height, 30 cubits, is 60/2. As noted by scholars, the same preoccupation with the number sixty characterizes the vessel of the Babylonian flood-hero.

“My favorite destination for the ark is Israel,” explained Huibers, 60, who admits that his love for the Hebrew country and its people was one of the reasons why he raised about $ 5 million to carry out this fascinating project, reports JTA. 

The Dutch entrepreneur says that six years ago, in 2012, he wanted to take the Ark to Israel because “it is a copy of God’s ship” and “it only makes sense to take it to the land of God,” although the fires that took place in this country made it impossible.

“It may sound scary, but I believe everything written in this book, cover to cover,” he explained while pointing at a copy of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible.

“This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land,” he said in the interview.

Image Credit: Arv van Noach / JTA

(Check out Three flood stories that predate the Bible)

Now, he wants to sail the Ark to Israel but getting there might be a huge problem.

Huibers explained that currently, the only obstacle to realizing this dream is money. He needs around $1.3 million for the boat to reach the Hebrew country since the ark has no engine and in order to get there, he would need to use tugboats.

The ark, which Huibers claims he built with just seven people throughout four years, ‘proves that the biblical figure could indeed build Noah’s Ark.’

Although many people believe Noah’s ark was real, no evidence has yet been discovered to support the Biblical claims.

I have reported in the past that a number of explorers claimed to have found the remains of Noah’s ark.

According to a group of researchers from China, not only did Noah’s ark exist, but it rests on a mountain in Turkey.

Noah and the Flood

This is the account of Noah and his family. (Source)

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

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