Let’s say you were going to make a film about the biblical person of Noah and you wanted to portray an accurately sized ark. What sort of information can you pull from the text? Well, there’s not a whole lot of detail given in Genesis 6. In fact the description only covers 3 verses.
“Make for yourself an ark of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and out. This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches from the top. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks.”
-Genesis 6:14-16, NET Bible
I enjoyed this brief video from the makers of the forthcoming film ‘Noah’ starring Russell Crowe. They offer their rationale for the way they chose to portray the ark in the film.
Personally, I’ve always been fascinated by the scope and size of the ark. Another DVD my family has greatly enjoyed is titled ‘Noah’s Ark: Thinking Outside the Box’. They make a case for a slightly different looking ark than the one we’ll see in ‘Noah’. It’s intriguing to see how two teams can come to a very different interpretation of what the ark might have looked like based on the same biblical text. You can watch a clip from ‘Noah’s Ark: Thinking Outside the Box’ below. If you’d like to watch the full program, it is available as both a DVD and a digital download at AnswersInGenesis.org.
What do you think? Does either team get it right? Do you have a differing opinion on what the ark might have looked like? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.