Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Second Noah

The Times reports that a devout Dutchman has spent two years and a million euros rebuilding Noah’s Ark after a dream that the Netherlands was suddenly submerged under water.

Johan Huibers, 48, a believer in the literal truth of the Bible, made his replica three storeys high and filled it with life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles and zebras – all two-by-two.

At 230ft (70m) long it is around half the length of the biblical vessel described in Genesis.

But Johan’s Ark is drawing crowds to his home town of Schagen, 27 miles (45km) north of Amsterdam, from where he plans to sail it around the Dutch canal system to teach children about the Bible

Unlike the first Mrs Noah, Mrs Huibers is not keen on the project.

Probably there`s not much room left in the back garden. Apparently she keeps asking him "‘Why don’t you go dig wells in Ethiopia?"