What Is Gopher Wood?


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Gopher wood is a phrase used in the Bible to describe the type of wood that Noah used to build the Ark. Some English translations of the Bible translate "gopher" into cypress, while other English translations keep the phrase in its original form.

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The term gopher may refer to a tree or a plant. If so, then the tree or plant may be extinct. According to the Bible, Noah’s Ark was built in order to save Noah, his family and the animal species of the world from a worldwide flood. In the flood, all plant life was destroyed. If gopher wood existed before the flood, it's likely that it didn't exist after the flood.

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