Image from Answers in Genesis
Alice C. Linsley
This is one of the ads to promote Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" which is scheduled to open in Kentucky on July 7th. Look carefully at the animals in the doorway of the wooden ark. See a few problems?
At the time Noah lived, Nilo-Saharan rulers were building large boats out of גפר (gofer/gopher) wood, as described in Genesis 6:4. The word gofer refers to reeds and is used in reference to the basket made by Moses mother (Exodus 2:3). The Schocken Bible reads: "Make yourself an Ark of gofer wood, with reeds make the Ark...", Vol. I, p. 35. Noah's ark probably looked like this.
Anthropological study of Noah's ancestry, based on the biblical data, indicates that he was a Proto-Saharan ruler in the region of Lake Chad. This is the only place on earth where the people claim the land to be that of Noah, that is, Borno, in the region of Lake Chad. The word "bor" has a double meaning: "land/territory" and "flood". The Dinka/Nuer word for flood is bor, and the word No is an African variant of the Hebrew Noah.
During the time when Noah would have lived in the region of Lake Chad, this African Shear Zone was very wet due to a 500-year period of monsoonal rains known as the Aqualithic, the Gurian Wet Period, or the African Humid Period.
As to the animals, Proto-Saharan rulers kept personal menageries. The oldest known zoological collection was found during the 2009 excavations at Nekhen on the Nile. The royal menagerie dates to about 3500 BC and included hippos, elephants, baboons and wildcats. Noah likely kept a menagerie which he would have protected in the time of flood.
Were we to test the DNA of Noah and his descendants we would likely find them to be in the R1b Haplogroup (Y-DNA). The Biblical data concerning dispersion of the archaic rulers from this region and the genetic tracking of the dispersion of these peoples corresponds closely.
|The dense red dot in central Africa is the region of BorNo, "the Land of Noah" near Lake Chad.|
The "ark" according to Ken Ham looked like this:
It is impressive, but it is not an accurate representation of the ark as it is described in Genesis.