I did see a documentary a few years back shot on site, of a man who thinks he has found the Ark- it showed a form on mount Ararat, buried of coarse; but it looked like it had the shape and size of the Ark.
But apparently the authorities would not allow him to explore further. You are probably familiar with this story
I have heard or have read Gopher wood was a cold laminating
process used in that time. I think records for doing that process
has been lost over time.
Bobby, that's interesting, but actually translators had no idea what the Hebrew word "gopher" meant and so they merely transliterated it. When you say “gopher,” you’re saying a Hebrew word with an unknown meaning. The oldest Greek translation calls gopherwood “squared timber.” The most popular Latin translation calls it “smoothed wood.” Some have thought it is cedar or cypress. But the bottom line is . . . we don’t know.
So to say gopher wood was a cold laminating process is as good an explanation as any.
When you look up tebah in Strong's Hebrew it is word 8392. The definition it uses for this word is a box or a chest.
James Strong is not confused; Johnathan: as you stated, tebah 8392 is box, and God told Noah to build Him a box. This box was the first of its kind, we call them boats or ships now.
In Exodus 2:3, 3 month old Moses was put in an tebah, a box.
Exodus 25:10 God told Moses to Build Him a box; arown 727 from 717 (in the sense of gathering); a box: ark, chest, coffin
Matthew 24:38, Luke 17:27, Hebrews 11:7, 1 Peter 3:20; Noah and the ark. Hebrews 9:4 ark of covenant. Revelation 11:19 the ark of His testament, all use the same word; kibotos 2787 a box, the sacred ark and that of Noah:- ark
Johnathan, James Strong was probably confused. The English Bible uses ark as a name for both Noah’s boat and for the holy box containing the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod, a jar of manna, and the Torah scroll written by Moses. But Hebrew uses two very different words for these two objects—and uses tebah only for Noah’s ark and for the basket in which baby Moses was placed by his mother. We don’t know if tebah means a boat, something covered in pitch, a certain shape, something that preserves life—or something else.
There was no Noah's Ark
The Jews were nomadic people who lived in caves when the Egyptians were building marble palaces and irrigation canals on the Nile.
The Egyptians have written records of all significant events in their region since Egypt was united under King Samar about 5000 years ago. They have no records of any Jews living in Egypt nor of any Jewish civilization in the Middle East.
Being nomadic people, the Jews learnt the stories and events from the civilizations with whom they came into contact and copied their stories which they claimed as their own. Apart from the stories in the Torah, there are physical evidence recorded therein but those stories are well documented in the ancient civilizations long before the Jews claimed them as their own.