Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

About Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative (Genesis chapters 6-9) by which the Patriarch Noah saves himself, his family, and a remnant of all the world's animals when God decides to destroy the world because of mankind's evil deeds. God gives Noah detailed instructions for building the ark: it is to be of gopher wood, smeared inside and out with pitch, with three decks and internal compartments; it will be 300 cubits long, 50 wide, and 30 high; it will have a roof 'finished to a cubit upward', and an entrance on the side. The Hebrew word for the ark is teba, which occurs only twice in the bible, here and in the Book of Exodus, where it is used for the basket in which the infant Moses is placed by his mother.