Noah's Reed Boat

May 1, 2018

I find it hilarious that Ken Ham has used modern industrial technology (that didn't exist in Noah's day ~13,000 years ago) to construct his imaginary Noah's ark (with base-10 measurements of 450 x 75 x 45 feet). However, did you know that the materials Noah used was from a dismantled reed-hut? The size likewise would have been equivalent to a modern-day yacht (since the dimensions given should be understood via base-60). All these misconceptions are due to translator ignorance, or lack of data that have only recently surfaced from ancient Near-Eastern studies. When we use the KJV, this is what we read about the ark:


Make thee an ark of gopher wood (gōper); rooms (qinnîm) shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch (kōper).

(Genesis 6:14 KJV)


It is recently understood that the three Hebrew words that appear for "gopher wood," "rooms," and "pitch" all derive from Akkadian:


gōper = gupru

qinnîm = qa-ne-e

kōper = kupru


Therefore, this is how the verse should read:


Make for yourself a vessel of stalks from a reed-hut; with reeds you will make the vessel and tar it inside and out with bitumen.

(Genesis 6:14)


Therefore, a visual aid of what it might have looked like would be equivalent to the Mudhif reed-house by the Madan people (also known as Marsh Arabs).

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