What is the ark?
The Bible employs at least four metaphors for Noah’s Ark and the Flood:
- The Ark — sea metaphor.
- A bulwark (wall) — Holy war metaphor.
- A net — Fishing metaphor.
- A snare — Bird-trapping metaphor.
…and what they convey:
|Gopher Wood||Pocket Gophers|
Tree; framework; God
|See Pocket Gophers. They’re rodents and rodents i.e. “rats” are that which turns on their own (people).|
|Rooms||Chamber; cave||A vaulted place in the face of a mountain.|
|Pitch within and without||Tar||Keeps water (i.e. the unknown) from coming into the ark and from those inside the ark worrying thereabout.|
|300 cubits (Length)||Age (i.e. years) Enoch walked with God after begetting Methuselah.||This was the period of division in described in Genesis 14, KJV.|
|50 cubits (Breadth)||Number of persons in a military company. A Company is also a band as in a tribe.|
Definitionally, “breadth” is the measurement from one side to another.
See explanation and footnote about the door (below).
|The “net” was meant to capture the tribes so it was built to a 50 cubit/person capacity. Consider this also the depth (or thickness) of the bulwark or wall.|
|30 cubits (Height)||“The top of [something]”. Speaks to stature. The origin of “stature” relates to “statue” and statue relates to idol/image and consequently God.||The upper most space. The open firmament of the heaven wherein the fowl (e.g. eagles which are the upper most part of the Cherubim) can fly.|
6 = days of creation of Adam
5 = nations of Mesopotamia which were between two minds.
30 = [uncertain] perhaps maily the product of 6 and 5. This noting the emphasis on “multiplication” in Genesis 1.
|A Window||An opening for those on the outside to see in and consequently want in.||The ark was pitched; there need be a way to see so persons could be converted.|
|“In a cubit shalt thou finish it above” (Genesis 6:16, KJV)||To complete it; or in carpentry terms, square it.||To “finish it above” conveys that “above all [other faces]” i.e. faces of the Cherubim, there is to be the seeing eyes (see etymology of window) of the eagle.|
|The door in the side||The way into the ark.||The side is where “woman” was made from. The side is the access point for other intellectual capacities. Entering the ark requires knowledge which the side represents.|
|Lower (story)||A lower, less dignified man i.e. a beast.||The face of the ox on the cherubim. See Enos (or Enosh) (the first born of Seth) which is given as mortal (and less dignified) man.|
|Second (story)||The pseudo of a man.||The second face of the cherubim.|
|Third (story)||The lion.||The third face of the cherubim.|
|stories (as above)||Levels of a multilevel construction.||The stages/levels of wisdom exercised by Cherubim from observation and inquiry to seeing the entire picture. |
- See “What does Genesis 2 convey?” for context about what “woman” means in the bible.
- See “What are Cherubim in biblical literature?” to explore the cherubim concept.