Noah didn’t immediately leave the Ark after the dove failed to return but instead waiting another twenty-two days before he removed the covering from the Ark and then it was another fifty-seven days before he finally did leave the Ark.
This is indicated by the following events:
- The waters of the Flood receded steadily for one hundred fifty days according to Genesis 8:3.
- On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat according to Genesis 8:4.
- On the first day of the tenth month, seventy-four days after the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, the mountain tops appeared to Noah according to Genesis 8:5.
- Forty-days later, Noah sends out a raven, which doesn’t return and a dove, which does according to Genesis 8:6-9.
- Seven days later, Noah sends out the dove a second time and this time returns with a freshly picked olive branch according to Genesis 8:10.
- Seven days later, Noah sends out the dove a third time but this time she doesn’t return according to Genesis 8:12.
During all this one hundred twenty eight days elapsed, thus indicating that Noah waited still another twenty-two days after sending out the dove out a third time before he removed the covering of the Ark since Genesis 8:3 records that the water receded steadily for one hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 8:13, “Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.”
Genesis 8:14, “In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.”
A comparison of Genesis 8:13 and Gen. 8:14-16 indicates that Noah waited another fifty-seven days after removing the covering of the Ark before he and his family finally exited the Ark. Noah, his family and the animals were in the Ark a total of one year and seventeen days. A year according to the Jewish calendar is three hundred and sixty days and a month is thirty days.
Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.