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A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant

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Michael Rielly

A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

By David van Biema

www.time.com

EXCERPT:

When last we saw the lost Ark of the Covenant in action, it had been dug up by Indiana Jones in Egypt and ark-napped by Nazis, whom the Ark proceeded to incinerate amidst a tempest of terrifying apparitions. But according to Tudor Parfitt, a real life scholar-adventurer, Raiders of the Lost Ark had it wrong, and the Ark is actually nowhere near Egypt. In fact, Parfitt claims he has traced it (or a replacement container for the original Ark), to a dusty bottom shelf in a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe.

As Indiana Jones's creators understood, the Ark is one of the Bible's holiest objects, and also one of its most maddening McGuffins. A wooden box, roughly 4 ft. x 2 ft. x 2.5 ft., perhaps gold-plated and carried on poles inserted into rings, it appears in the Good Book variously as the container for the Ten Commandments (Exodus 25:16: "and thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee"); the very locus of God's earthly presence; and as a divine flamethrower that burns obstacles and also crisps some careless Israelites. It is too holy to be placed on the ground or touched by any but the elect. It circles Jericho behind the trumpets to bring the walls tumbling down. The Bible last places the Ark in Solomon's temple, which Babylonians destroyed in 586 BC. Scholars debate its current locale (if any): under the Sphinx? Beneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount (or, to Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary)? In France? Near London's Temple tube station?

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Kona

Very informative to bad we can't get our children to put there game boys down long enough to read this story. Or just read thanks.

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There were at least one replacement ark recorded in history...at least this would be plausible... Theoretically the original was carried off to Babylon after the destruction of the First Temple. Then there was a recreated ark in the Second Temple (or the first one brought back if they could have convinced Cyrus to part with it ...after he overran the Babylonians...) This one was theoretically carried of by the Romans when they destroyed the re-built Second Temple in 70 AD... So it might be in the Vatican Library... What did it look like? Well, watch Raiders, that was the best model you could find! It followed the Bible description to a T.

Chris

Claus with a Cause

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Kriss Kringle

Very interesting article.

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alison

Wouldn't it be something if the Ark was actually found?

Along the same vein, sort of, my hubby, who's a huge Indy fan, can't wait to see the new movie.

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Santa Bear

How interesting! Thanks for posting this Santa Rielly.

On the children reading:

My kids read quite a lot. Its one of the things I'm thankful that has rubbed off on them. Of course, they read mainly "Harry Potter" type books for the most part. My oldest son read the last 4 Harry Potter books in one day. We'd get the book the morning they were released and he would have it read by bedtime. I hope it is something they will always do.

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