“This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.” Gen 6:15.
A cubit was a unit of measurement based on the length between the elbow and fingertips. The cubits varied in length by a few inches according to different civilizations. For example, the Hebrew short cubit was 17.5 inches, while the Egyptian long cubit was 20.6 inches. To learn more about the cubit or see how big Noah’s Ark was, see the following article “What did Noah’s Ark look like?“
God commanded Noah to build an ark 300 cubitslong, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits tall (Gen. 6:15). Based on the Hebrew Short Cubit (17.5 inches), the ark would be 437 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet tall. At this size, the ark would have the volume capacity of 1, 396,000 cubic feet and could hold 522 railroad stock cars. Based on the Hebrew Long Cubit, the ark would be 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet tall.
The inside of the ark was to have three decks (Gen. 6:16). Above the second and third deck, a sub layer could have been added thus allowing more room for storage or other animals. Each deck consisted of several rooms (Gen. 6:14). There was a roof on the top (Gen. 6:16) where Noah and his family may have lived. This could have been a room with open windows to allow for ventilation. There was one door on the side of the ark.
Do you want to see a life-sized, 3-level replica of the ark? Answers in Genesis built one in Kentucky in 2016. It features world-class exhibits of some of the representative kinds, examples of Noah and his family’s living quarters, possible methods for how the animals were cared for, exhibits showing the science behind the flood, ark, and ice age, a comparison to other flood legends and “arks,” a great feature on the Bible and missionaries, interactive media, two movie theaters, and many more things. It is worth the trip! Find out more here: Ark Encounter.
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