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The Chinese character for a ship (船) is formed from three words:
Thus, the meaning of 船 is really
8 lives on a boat. In the bible, we read:
- 舟, meaning a boat,
- 八, meaning the number eight, and
- 口, literally meaning mouths, i.e. human lives. The Chinese used this word
to mean number of people of lives, as in "一家五口" or five mouths in
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together
with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.
That is, 8 human lives were saved during the Great Flood.