Just the facts

The NOAH’S ARK

THE NOAHS ARK

Noah’s Ark was the wooden vessel in which Noah, his family and all species of land animals were preserved during the great flood that destroyed the earth (Genesis 6: 14-8: 19 ). Even though it was built by Noah, the Ark's designer was God Himself, who gave Noah the exact specifications (Genesis 6:14-16). The Ark stood at 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high and was made of "gopher" wood. Its inside and outside were smeared with pitch (possibly to keep it waterproof), and it had three internal compartments (lower, middle and upper decks), a roof, and one entrance on the side. The Ark had a ratio (length x width x height) of 30 x 5 x 3, which according to ship-builders is the optimum design for stability in rough seas. The Ark, as designed by God, was virtually impossible to capsize; it would have had to be tilted over 90 degrees for that to happen!

THE DEAD SEA

THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea is almost 10 times as salty as the ocean, and with 33.7% salt concentration, it's one of the world's saltiest water bodies. In Hebrew, it is called "Yam ha-Melab "meaning "sea of salt" (Genesis 14:3), and because of its high salinity, aquatic organisms like fish and plants cannot flourish in it; hence its name - the Dead Sea. The sea water has a density of 1.240 kg/L, which makes swimming in it similar to floating. At 50 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, it borders Jordan to the east, Israel and Palestine to the west. Although sparsely-populated and serene now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Genesis 14:2). Its surface and shores are 427 metres (1,401 ft) below sea level, making it earth's lowest elevation on land. And with a depth of 306 m (1,004 ft), it is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.

THE BIBLE

BIBLE

The Bible is a composition of 66 books written by 40 writers over a period of about 1600 years (from 1500 BC to AD 100). The Old Testament section contains 39 books, while the New Testament has 27 books. Each of these books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses. The 5 which aren't divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions. Chapters were introduced to the Bible around 1227 but the verse divisions were not added until 1551. The first Bible in English, divided into chapters and verses, was published in 1560 and was known as the "Geneva Bible." The longest chapter of the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses.

The HIPPOPOTAMUS

Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus is found in sub-Saharan Africa, and its name literally means 'River horse.' It's the third largest land mammal after the Elephant and the Rhinoceros. It spends most of its time in water, only coming on land to graze on grass. Staying in water helps keep its body cool during the day. It also gives birth to its young in water.

Milk and Honey

milk and honey

The term “milk and honey” goes way back to the times of antiquity? The Bible mentions “a land flowing with milk and honey” (or land of milk and honey), signifying prosperity and abundance in several scriptures as Exodus 3:8, 17; Leviticus 20:24 and Deuteronomy 26:9. The Bible also indicates that they were part of the everyday diet of the Israelites, used in cooking and also used as cosmetics.

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