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Ark of the Covenant. History Through Film. Description. Bible describes the Ark as made of acacia wood. God gave the instructions for making the Ark. A cubit and a half broad and high and two and a half cubits long (about 3.75 x 2.25 x 2.25 feet).

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ark of the covenant

Ark of the Covenant

History Through Film

  • Bible describes the Ark as made of acacia wood.
  • God gave the instructions for making the Ark.
  • A cubit and a half broad and high and two and a half cubits long (about 3.75 x 2.25 x 2.25 feet).
  • Ark was covered all over with the purest gold.
  • upper surface or lid, the mercy seat, was surrounded with a rim of gold
On each of the two sides were 2 gold rings, where 2 wooden poles could carry the ark
  • On top of the Ark, at the 2 ends, were 2 cherubim (angels) with their faces turned toward one another.
  • Their outspread wings over the top of the ark formed the throne of God, while the ark itself was his footstool.
  • According to the Bible, the two tablets of stone constituting the "testimony" or evidence of God's covenant with the people (Deuteronomy 31:26) were kept within the Ark itself.
  • 10 Commandments.. The “word” of God himself!!!!
  • A golden jar containing some of the manna (seed) from the Israelites' trek in the wilderness
  • the rod of Aaron that budded (miracle)
  • These items were removed at some point as stated in I Kings 8:9 that there "was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone."
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Prophets’ References
  • Ark of the Covenant is mentioned by prophets in both the Bible and the Qur'an (Islamic holy book).
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Present Location?

Middle East

  • 1989: Ron Wyatt claimed to uncovered a chamber underneath Mount Moriah (Temple Mount)
  • claims to have seen the ark and taken pics (blurry)
  • Wyatt said excavations were closed off (private property) and no one has seen the Ark since.
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Middle East

  • Vendyl Jones claimed to have found the entrance to the chamber in the cave of the Column - Qumran.
  • Here, he stated, is where the Ark was hidden prior to the destruction of the First Temple.
  • Jones is waiting for funding to explore the cave.
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  • During King Manasseh’s reign the Ark was smuggled from the temple by way of the Well of Souls and taken to Egypt, ending up in Ethiopia.
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  • Some carvings on the Cathedral of Chartres refer to this.
  • Theory was dramatized by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in the story and screenplay for the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Axum, Ethiopia is the only one in the world which still claims to possess the Ark of the Covenant.
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Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • According to stories, after King Solomon’s son had come to Jerusalem to visit his father, Solomon had given him a copy of the Ark, and commanded him to travel back to Ethiopia to settle there.
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Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • These people did not want to live away from the Ark, so they switched the copy with the original
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Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • Was once paraded in town once each year
  • Now it is kept under constant guard in a "treasury" near the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion;only the head priest of the church is allowed to view it.
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Valley of Kings, Egypt

  • Scientist claims that the hiding place of the ark to be "a desolate valley under a hill - on its east side, forty stones deep” (from ancient Jewish text).
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Valley of Kings, Egypt

  • Some believe this refers to the Tomb of Tutankhamun (east side of the Valley of Kings, about 40 stones deep).
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Power of the Ark
  • The Ark was God's throne; it was the visible sign of God's presence and protection on Earth
  • God's presence did not dwell inside the box, but remained over the Ark, in between the two Cherubim
Tool by which high priests could communicate with God; “radio transmitter”
  • God’s power channeled through the Ark… wipe out whole armies and destroy walls