'Noah' Raises Ark Debate

INSIDE EDITION spoke to archeologist Jodi Magness about the controversial new film, Noah and the truth surrounding the famous ark.

Grab your umbrellas, Noah floods movie theaters this weekend. The highly anticipated Biblical epic had its New York premiere Wednesday night.
It's dredging up an old debate. Did the ark actually exist? Was there really a great flood that wiped out civilization?

Archaeologist and UNC-Chapel Hill Religious Studies professor Jodi Magness told INSIDE EDITION, "It is possible that this story, or some version of it happened. But there is no way, I think scientifically, we can prove that it happened."

Hear More From Magness About the Possibility of Noah's Ark Existing

Many are obsessed about finding Noah’s Ark, including, of all people, former Baywatch star, Donna D’Errico.

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked her last year, "Did people think you were crazy?"

She said, "Friends here in L.A. thought I was crazy."

She journeyed to Mount Ararat in Turkey, which some believe is the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. She was badly injured when she fell while climbing the treacherous mountain.

World War II veteran Ed Davis claims he saw the ark on the Mount Ararat 70 years ago. He drew a sketch of what he saw, It featured a large rectangular box that had fallen off a cliff and broken into pieces.

The ark in Russell Crowe’s Noah is unlike anything depicted in previous movies. It was actually designed using the same rectangular shape as depicted in The Bible. In Genesis Chapter 6, it states, "The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high." A cubit is about a foot-and-a-half.

The filmmakers constructed one-third of the ark. The rest is pure computer-generated effects. Noah and his family use sap from trees to make the ark watertight. Volcanic rock was used for ballast.

Noah's story has fascinated humanity for centuries. A man from the Netherlands built a scale model of the ark. It has three decks and has become a popular tourist attraction.

Chris Robinson, the former art director for Facebook is building an ark in his backyard in Sacramento. It's designed to withstand a tsunami. He was inspired by the 2004 tsunami that killed an 181,000 people. This modern day Noah is ready if a flood of Biblical proportions ever strikes.