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What happened to the Ark of the Covenant ?

By T.K. Randall
January 8, 2014 · Comment icon 117 comments

Where is the Ark's final resting place ? Image Credit: PD - BRBurton
A recently translated Hebrew text has offered a tantalizing new reference to several ancient treasures.
The text, known as the "Treatise of the Vessels", appears to describe what happened to a number of ancient treasures from King Solomon's temple including the fabled Ark of the Covenant, the biblical chest said to contain the original stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed.

Far from providing a precise map to its whereabouts however the text speaks of the Ark rather cryptically, claiming that the exact location "shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David."
Having been brought to mainstream attention thanks to movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Ark of the Covenant remains one of the most highly sought-after and enigmatic artifacts in history. Believed to have been moved from King Solomon's Temple before it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 597 BC, the Ark's final resting place has puzzled historians for centuries.

Over the years several locations have been linked to the Ark including Chartres Cathedral and Rennes-le-Château in France, Mount Nebo near Jerusalem and even a cave in the Dumghe mountains of South Africa, but to date the location of the Ark itself, if indeed it still exists, remains undiscovered.

Source: Live Science | Comments (117)




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Comment icon #108 Posted by docyabut2 10 years ago
The ark was a drum, look at this way how much time would Moses have made a ark climbing up a mountain, he would have taken a tree stump, when he came down the people heard the thunder of the mountain. http://www.christian...rg/4319.article
Comment icon #109 Posted by MyOtherAccount 10 years ago
There was this archeologist who gave a lecture I attended. He was visiting. He had a large copy of some Hebrew text. Naturally being very old it had no vowel points. So, it consisted of all consonants. Having spent his life looking for the Ark, he took us through his journey of discoveries of "facts." After that it all boiled down to him figuring out that the text was not to be read from the left or the right or top to bottom or bottom to top. He had done all of those ways of reading it. Instead it was to be read diagonally. From that he got what he needed. He says he knows where it is. In a c... [More]
Comment icon #110 Posted by jaylemurph 10 years ago
Hmmm. Based on this thread's adherents looking for fictional items, I could make a killing with my maps to Hogwarts, my book The Charlotte's Web Code, or my DVD series about the lost god Urasuckah. Offers are cash only. No refunds. Void where prohibited. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #111 Posted by toyomotor 10 years ago
Don't forget! Lots of people, myself included, were convinced the golden chalice never existed until they found it and recently publicized it. Really? I'd like to see the source for this.
Comment icon #112 Posted by Kenemet 10 years ago
Okay, folks... let's go back to the source. It's written by a very noted and very famous scholar, who maintains a blog full of interesting research. You can find it here: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.co.uk/ His article about the newspaper story says: It's a good article, which quotes me correctly and makes the text interesting without distorting the fact that it's just a collection of legends. I think that's the first time I've been called "a modern-day Indiana Jones." Maybe that should go in the masthead. In other words, these are folktales and urban legends of that time. They were not writte... [More]
Comment icon #113 Posted by Kenemet 10 years ago
There's a followup article to the one above: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.co.uk/2014_01_05_archive.html#2798019382250998220 Apparently this book may be less than a thousand years old (and less than 500 years old.)
Comment icon #114 Posted by jaylemurph 10 years ago
Really? I'd like to see the source for this. Davila's the real thing. He's a respected Biblical scholar and historian. Teaches at St. Andrews, got his PhD from Harvard (I think). ' --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #115 Posted by MyOtherAccount 10 years ago
Really? I'd like to see the source for this. source
Comment icon #116 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
Tsk tsk (snik snak)....I am using it as a bed stand in my guest room. It is a bit pointy, but since I don't have guests sleeping over that often it works out pretty well. Cheers, Badeskov It was last seen in the 1950's ,in a hangar at area 51, when an American archeologist was fighting some evil communists over possesion of a crystal skull. (its a long story !) Maybe you stole it after that happened ?
Comment icon #117 Posted by Kenemet 10 years ago
The ark was a drum, look at this way how much time would Moses have made a ark climbing up a mountain, he would have taken a tree stump, when he came down the people heard the thunder of the mountain. http://www.christian...rg/4319.article The ark was not created until AFTER Moses came down with the tablet of the laws -- and after they decided to move from that location. The tablets had been set up in a sanctuary.


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