AN ARK OF BI­B­LI­CAL PRO­POR­TIONS

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

A gi­gan­tic life-size recre­ation of Noah’s Ark is be­ing built in a theme park in Wil­liamstown, north­ern Ken­tucky.

The Chris­tian or­gan­is­ers, An­swers in Ge­n­e­sis, say the all-wood ark is be­ing built to the di­men­sions pro­vided for the orig­i­nal ark in the bible at a cost of $91.5 mil­lion (around £60 mil­lion).

The open­ing date will be 7/7 next year to cor­re­spond with Ge­n­e­sis 7:7 when Noah and his fam­ily are said to have en­tered the ark.

They will limit ad­mis­sion num­bers for the first 40 days and 40 nights, the length of the flood in the Bible. Though the an­i­mals won’t be en­ter­ing two by two, there will be a pet­ting zoo.

The ark will have three decks con­tain­ing a restau­rant and a the­atre. There are plans to add a Tower of ba­bel and a walled city.

This is not the first bi­b­li­cal theme park. The Suoi Tien in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet­nam, a Bud­dist theme park, opened in 1995. Wa­ter slides and sculp­tures are styled as dragons, tor­toises and phoenixes. How­ever, the Palace of Uni­corns is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Bud­dhist vi­sion of hell. In Sin­ga­pore, the Haw Par Villa, built in 1937, has a no­to­ri­ous de­pic­tion of the 10 courts of hell. Chi­nese mythol­ogy and warn­ings of pun­ish­ments are de­picted for var­i­ous eth­i­cal faux-pas.

Or­lando has the Holy Land Ex­pe­ri­ence which prom­ises bi­b­li­cal sights and sounds that take you “7,000 miles away and 2,000 years back in time” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Is­rael has one too. The Kings City Ei­lat of­fers caves that fea­ture King Solomon’s life, un­der­ground bi­b­li­cal scenes, 3D movies, wa­ter slides and hip­pota­muses that spray wa­ter.

A life size Noah’s Ark is be­ing recre­ated to his­tor­i­cal di­men­sions

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