As part of my Noah’s Ark: Beyond Flannelgraph presentation, I typically show kids a Powerpoint slide of one of the more famous paintings of Noah’s Ark by Edward Hicks and ask the kids: What’s missing? Eventually, they realize that dinosaurs are missing. [It helps when Billy Behemoth, our sauropod sidekick, appears in the painting in the next Powerpoint slide transition!]
But why aren’t dinosaurs in paintings of Noah’s Ark?
Well, keep in mind that paintings aren’t photographs. The distinction is important! No one photographed the animals going aboard the Ark, so the artist has to give us his interpretation of what it looked like.
There are actually 3 reasons dinosaurs have been left out of Ark scenes.