Most people think Noah and his family were in the Ark for 40 days and nights. This is common, but look at the chart below and the Scriptures that follow, you will see that it was a little longer than 40 days and nights.

It was actually 378 days.

 

7 + 40 + 110 + 74 + 40 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 29 + 57 = 378 Days Total

 

 

 Noah enters ark 7 days before deluge begins* ( Gen: 7: 10 ). Deluge begins in the 600th year of Noahs life, the 2nd month, the 17th day. ( Gen: 7: 11 ) One year later ( a year consisting of 360 days ) was the 17th day, 2nd month 601st year of Noah's life. Ten days after that would be the 27th day of the 2nd month, when they came out; a total of 370 days, ( *plus the 7 days before the deluge began ) =

378 days, spent in the ark. ( Gen: 8: 15 - 17 )

 

Note : Noah used the lunar calender in which he calculated months to equal 30 days. This is made certain when 150 days is said to equal five months. ( Gen: 8: 3 - 4

 

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  Gen: 7: 6 - 9 - The animals going in were male and female of every living thing,

  as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.

 

Gen: 7:10 - And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

 

  Gen: 7:11 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month--on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

 

Gen: 7:17 - For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the

  waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

 

Gen: 8: 3 - 4 - The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the

hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the

seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

 

Gen: 8: 5 - The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the

first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. { 74 days later }

 

 Gen: 8: 6 - 7 - After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven,

and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.

 

Gen: 8: 8 -Later he sent out a dove ( most likely seven days later) ( implications of 7 days are noted

 because of verse 10 were it is stated that he waited ANOTHER 7 DAYS to send the dove out again. )

 to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.

 

Gen: 8: 10 - 11 - And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark.

 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth;

and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.

 

Gen: 8: 12 - So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

 

Gen: 8: 13 - By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried

 up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the

 ground was dry. { 29 days later }

 

Gen: 8: 14 - 16 - By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.

{ 57 days later }

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378 Days Total in Ark