== The Ark ==
=== Design and construction === The Ark was constructed with [[pitched]] [[gopher wood ]] and had three stories divided into multiple rooms , a window, and a door (Genesis 6:14, 16). The dimensions were three hundred [[cubit]]s long by fifty cubits wide by thirty cubits high (Genesis 6:15). which equates to approximately 450 feet long, by 75 feet wide, by 45 feet high.
Noah was instructed, by God, to take aboard the Ark his wife, his three sons and their wives, male and female pairs of all the "unclean" kinds of creatures, seven (or seven pairs) each of the "clean" kinds, and enough food and supplies for everyone (Genesis 6: 18- 7:3; 7:6, 11) God shut them all inside the Ark and started the Flood.
The Ark's passengers were aboard for about a year, and finally came to rest somewhere in the mountains of [[ Ararat]] , believed by many to be the mountains with that name in modern Turkey (Genesis 8: 4)
Before they left the ark, Noah released a raven then a dove to see if the earth was dry enough to exit ( Genesis 8: 14-16).