Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant ().
Rashiand some Midrashim suggest that there were two arks - a temporary one made by Moses, and a later one made by Bezalel.Hertz 1936]
The Biblical account relates that during the trip of the Israelites, the Ark was carried by the priests ~2,000
cubits (Numbers 35:5; Joshua 4:5) in advance of the people and their army or host (Num. 4:5-6; 10:33-36; Psalms68:1; 132:8). When the Ark was borne by priests into the bed of the Jordan, the river was separated, opening a pathway for the whole of the host to pass over (Josh. 3:15-16; 4:7-18). The Ark was borne in a seven-day procession around the wall of Jerichoby seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams' horns, the city taken with a shout (Josh. 6:4-20). When carried, the Ark was always wrapped in a veil, in tachashskins (the identity of this animal is uncertain), and a blue cloth, and was carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the Levites who carried it.
The Hebrew word "aron" is used in the Bible to refer to any type of ark, chest or coffer, for any purpose (
Book of Genesis50:26; 2 Kings 12:9, 10).
The Ark of the Covenant is distinguished from all others by such titles as:
*Ark of God, (1 Samuel 3:3)
*Ark of thy God's strength
*Ark of the Covenant, (Josh. 3:6; Hebrews 9:4)
*Ark of the Covenant of the Lord of all the Earth
*Ark of the
Testimony, (Ex. 25:22)
The Bible describes the Ark as made of
shittah-treewood ( acacia), known to the Egyptians as the Tree of Life and an important plant in traditional medicine containing in many cases psychoactive alkaloids. It was a cubitand a half broad and high, and two and a half cubits long (about 130 cm x 78 cm x 78 cm (.79 m3) or 4.27 ft x 2.56 ft x 2.56 ft (27.93 ft3), for Egyptian royal cubit was most likely used). The Ark was covered all over with the purest gold. Its upper surface or lid, the mercy seat(Hebrew Name 1|כפורת|Kaporet|nobold), was surrounded with a rim of gold.
On each of the two sides were two gold rings, wherein were placed two wooden poles (with a decorative sheathing of gold), to allow the Ark to be carried (Num. 7:9; 10:21; 4:5,19, 20; 1 Kings 8:3, 6). Over the Ark, at the two extremities, were two
cherubim, with their faces turned toward one another ( Leviticus16:2; Num. 7:89). Their outspread wings over the top of the Ark formed the throneof God, while the Ark itself was his footstool (Ex. 25:10-22; 37:1-9). The Ark was placed in the "Holy of Holies," so that one end of the carrying poles touched the veil separating the two compartments of the tabernacle (1 Kings 8:8). The Book of Deuteronomydescribes the Ark as a simple wooden container with no mention of ornaments or gold. Similarly, the Quranmakes a reference to the Ark as a wooden box with holy relics inside it.
According to the Bible, the two tablets of stone constituting the "testimony" or evidence of God's
covenantwith the people (i.e. The Ten Commandments) were kept within the Ark itself. A golden jar containing some of the " manna" from the Israelites' trek in the wilderness, and the rod of Aaronthat budded, were added to the contents of the Ark (Ex. 16:32-34; Heb. 9:4), but apparently were later removed at some point prior to the building of Solomon's temple, as the Tanakhstates in I Kings 8:9 that there "was nothing in the Ark save the two tablets of stone." While Heb. 9:4 states these items were placed "inside" the Ark, Ex. 16:33-34 and Num. 17:10 use the expression "before" the Ark; some see a contradiction here, as the correct meaning of these phrases is open to interpretation. A Rabbinic tradition states that Moses also put the broken fragments of the first tablets of the Law into the Ark.
anctity and consecration
Aaron, brother of Moses and the High Priest, was forbidden to enter the place of the Ark, except once per yearon a designated day, called The Day of Atonement, when he was to perform certain ceremonies there (Lev. 16). Moses was directed to consecratethe Ark, when completed, with the oil of holy ointment (Ex. 30:23-26); he was also directed to have the Ark made by Bezalel, son of Uri of the tribe of Judah, and by Aholiab, the son of Ahisamachof the tribe of Dan(Ex. 31:2-7). These instructions Moses carried out, calling upon every "wisehearted" one among the people to assist in the work (Ex. 35:10-12). Bezalel the artist made the Ark (Ex. 37:1); and Moses approved the work, put the testimony in the Ark, and installed it.
According to the Haggadah written in the Mishnaic and
Talmudic periods ("circa" 200-500 CE), after installment in the second Temple, the Ark and the operation of the Temple was supervised by the angel Metatron. There are numerous possible etymologies for the name Metatron, one being from two Greek words polytonic|μετὰ θρóνος "after" and "throne". There are no references to Metatron in the Jewish Tanakh ( Old Testament), the Christian Scriptures ( New Testament) or any Islamic source.
In Deut. 10:1-5, a different account of the making of the Ark is given. Moses is made to say that he constructed the Ark before going upon
Mount Horebto receive the second set of tablets. The charge of carrying the Ark and the rest of the holy implements was given to the family of Kohath(of the tribe of Levi). They, though, were not to touch any of the holy things that were still uncovered by Aaron (Num. 4:2-15).
Other references to the Ark in Scripture
The Ark of the Covenant is mentioned in both the
Bibleand the Qur'an.
In the Bible
The Ark is mentioned in the books Joshua, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Hebrews and Jeremiah. It is referenced by Jeremiah, who, speaking in the days of
Josiah(Jer. 3:16), prophesies a future time when the Ark will no longer be used. In the Psalms, the Ark is twice referred to. In Ps. 78:61 its capture by the Philistines is spoken of, and the Ark is called "the strength and glory of God"; and in Ps. 132:8, it is spoken of as "You and the ark of Your strength." The Ark is also mentioned in several passages in Exodus and 1 Samuel, including Exodus 25:10-22 and 1 Samuel 4:3-22 and 5:7-8.The Ark is mentioned in one passage in the deuterocanonical 2 Maccabees 2:4-10, which contains a reference to a document saying that the prophet Jeremiah, "being warned of God," took the Ark, and the tabernacle, and the altar of incense, and buried them in a cave on Mount Nebo (Deut. 34:1), informing those of his followers who wished to find the place that it should remain unknown "until the time that God should gather His people again together, and receive them unto mercy." Hebrews 9:4 states that the Ark contained "the golden pot that had " manna", and Aaron's rodthat budded, and the tables of the covenant." Finally, in the Book of Revelationthe Ark is described as being in the 'temple' of God in heaven (Rev. 11:19). The Ark is last seen in God's 'temple' just before a woman gives birth to the man child (Rev. 12:1-2), both stalked by a dragonand his angels cast to earth (Rev. 12:3-17).
In the Qur'an
There is a brief mention of the Ark of the Covenant in Islamic literature. This mention is in the middle of the narrative of the choice of Saul to be king. The
Islamic scholar Al Baidawi mentions that the "
Sakina" could be Tawrat, Books of Moses. [http://books.google.com/books?id=JherW50tVyAC&pg=PA624&dq=ark+of+the+covenant+islam&ei=-vEvR8DpOIKktAP1g5moCQ&sig=nvmBgCPQmGwq5Rqx4UiiJeOyE3g#PPA624,M1 A Dictionary of Islam By Patrick Hughes, Thomas Patrick Hughes, pg 624] ] According to Al-Jalalan, the relics in the Ark were the fragments of the two tablets, rods, robes, shoes, mitres of Mosesand the vase of Manna. Al-Tha'alibi, in Qisas Al-Anbiya (The Stories of the Prophets), has given an earlier and later history of the Ark.
According to most Muslim scholars, the Ark of the Covenant has a religious basis in Islam, and Islam gives it special significance. Muslims believe that it will be found by
Mahdinear the end of times from Lake Tiberias. [Iqd al-Durar fi Akbar al-Imam al-Muntadhar, by Shaikh Jamaluddin Yusuf al Damishqi, p. 51-a]
In the march from Sinai, and at the crossing of the Jordan, the Ark preceded the people, and was the signal for their advance (Num. 10:33; Josh. 3:3, 6). The Ark of the Covenant burned the thorns and other obstructions in the wilderness roads. According to tradition, sparks from between the two cherubim killed serpents and
scorpions. [" [http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=1777&letter=A&search=Ark%20of%20the%20Covenant Ark of the Covenant] ". Jewish Encyclopedia.] During the crossing of the Jordan, the river grew dry as soon as the feet of the priests carrying the Ark touched its waters; and remained so until the priests -- with the Ark -- left the river, after the people had passed over (Josh. 3:15-17; 4:10, 11, 18). As memorials, twelve stones were taken from the Jordan at the place where the priests had stood (Josh. 4:1-9).
The Ark was carried into battle, such as in the
Midian war(Num. 31). In the capture of Jericho the Ark was carried round the city once a day for six days, preceded by the armed men and seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams' horns (Josh. 6:4-15). On the seventh day the seven priests sounding the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Ark compassed the city seven times and with a great shout, Jericho's wall fell down flat and the people took the city (Josh. 6:16-20). After the defeat at Ai, Joshua lamented before the Ark (Josh. 7:6-9). When Joshua read the Law to the people between Mount Gerizimand Mount Ebal, they stood on each side of the Ark. The Ark was again set up by Joshua at Shiloh; but when the Israelites fought against Benjamin at Gibeah, they had the Ark with them, and consulted it after their defeat.
Captured by the Philistines
The Ark is next spoken of as being in the tabernacle at Shiloh during Samuel's apprenticeship (1 Sam. 3:3). After the settlement of the
Israelitesin Canaan, the Ark remained in the tabernacle at Gilgalfor a season, then was removed to Shiloh until the time of Eli, between 300 and 400 years (Jeremiah 7:12), when it was carried into the field of battle, so as to secure, as they supposed, victory to the Hebrews; and it was taken by the Philistines(1 Sam. 4:3-11), who sent it back after retaining it seven months (1 Sam. 5:7, 8) because of the events said to have transpired. After their first defeat at Eben-ezer, the Israelites had the Ark brought from Shiloh, and welcomed its coming with great rejoicing.
In the second battle, the Israelites were again defeated, and the Philistines captured the Ark (1 Sam. 4:3-5, 10, 11). The news of its capture was at once taken to Shiloh by a messenger "with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head." The old priest, Eli, fell dead when he heard it; and his daughter-in-law, bearing a son at the time the news of the capture of the Ark was received, named him
Ichabod—explained as "Where is glory?" in reference to the loss of the Ark (1 Sam. 4:12-22).
The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place misfortune resulted to them (1 Sam. 5:1-6). At
Ashdodit was placed in the temple of Dagon. The next morning Dagon was found prostrate, bowed down, before it; and on being restored to his place, he was on the following morning again found prostrate and broken. The people of Ashdod were smitten with hemorrhoids; a plague of mice was sent over the land (1 Sam. 6:5). The affliction of boils was also visited upon the people of Gath and of Ekron, whither the Ark was successively removed (1 Sam. 5:8-12).
After the Ark had been among them seven months, the Philistines, on the advice of their diviners, returned it to the Israelites, accompanying its return with an offering consisting of golden images of the hemorrhoids and mice wherewith they had been afflicted. The Ark was set in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite, and the Beth-shemites offered sacrifices and burnt offerings (1 Sam. 6:1-15). Out of curiosity the men of
Beth-shemeshgazed at the Ark; and as a punishment, seventy of them (fifty thousand seventy in some ms.) were smitten by the Lord (1 Sam. 6:19). The Bethshemites sent to Kirjath-jearim, or Baal-Judah, to have the Ark removed (1 Sam. 6:21); and it was taken to the house of Abinadab, whose son Eleazarwas sanctified to keep it. Kirjath-jearim was the abode of the Ark for twenty years. Under Saul, the Ark was with the army before he first met the Philistines, but the king was too impatient to consult it before engaging in battle. In 1 Chronicles 13:3 it is stated that the people were not accustomed to consult the Ark in the days of Saul.
In the days of King David
At the beginning of his reign, David removed the Ark from Kirjath-jearim amid great rejoicing. On the way to
Zion, Uzzah, one of the drivers of the cart whereon the Ark was carried, put out his hand to steady the Ark, and was smitten by the Lord for touching it. David, in fear, carried the Ark aside into the house of Obed-edomthe Gittite, instead of carrying it on to Zion, and here it stayed three months (2 Sam. 6:1-11; 1 Chron. 13:1-13).
On hearing that the Lord had blessed Obed-edom because of the presence of the Ark in his house, David had the Ark brought to Zion by the Levites, while he himself, "girded with a linen
ephod," "danced before the Lord with all his might" — a performance that caused him to be despised and scornfully rebuked by Saul's daughter Michal(2 Sam. 6:12-16, 20-22; 1 Chron. 15). This derision of David on her part prompted God to take away her fertility. In Zion, David put the Ark in the tabernacle he had prepared for it, offered sacrifices, distributed food, and blessed the people and his own household (2 Sam. 6:17-20; 1 Chron. 16:1-3; 2 Chron. 1:4).
Levites were appointed to minister before the Ark (1 Chron. 16:4). David's plan of building a temple for the Ark was stopped at the advice of God (2 Sam. 7:1-17; 1 Chron. 17:1-15; 28:2, 3). The Ark was with the army during the siege of
Rabbah(2 Sam. 11:11); and when David fled from Jerusalem at the time of Absalom's conspiracy, the Ark was carried along with him until he ordered Zadok the priest to return it to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15:24-29).
In Solomon's temple
Abiatharwas dismissed from the priesthood by Solomonfor having taken part in Adonijah's conspiracy against David, his life was spared because he had formerly borne the Ark (1 Kings 2:26). It was afterwards placed by Solomon in the temple (1 Kings 8:6-9). Solomon worshiped before the Ark after his dream in which the Lord promised him wisdom (1 Kings 3:15). In Solomon's Temple, a Holy of Holies was prepared to receive the Ark (1 Kings 6:19); and when the Temple was dedicated, the Ark—containing nothing but the two Mosaic tables of stone—was placed therein. When the priests emerged from the holy place after placing the Ark there, the Temple was filled with a cloud, "for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord" (1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron. 5:13, 14).
When Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter, he caused her to dwell in a house outside Zion, as Zion was consecrated because of its containing the Ark (2 Chron. 8:11). King Josiah had the Ark put into the Temple (2 Chron. 35:3), whence it appears to have again been removed by one of his successors.
The Babylonians and afterwards
Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and plundered the temple, the Ark entered the domain of legend. Many historiansWho|date=June 2008 suppose that the ark was probably taken away by Nebuchadnezzar and destroyed. The absence of the ark from the Second Templewas acknowledged. The Ark is finally re-established to the Temple in vision: "Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the Ark of his Covenant" (Rev. 11:19 NIV).
Fate of the Ark
Guesses of the ultimate fate of the Ark include the intentional concealing of the Ark under the
Temple Mount; the removal of the Ark from Jerusalem in advance of the Babylonians (this variant usually ends up with the Ark in Ethiopia); the removal of the Ark by the Ethiopian prince Menelik I(purported son of King Solomonand the Queen of Sheba); removal by Jewish priests during the reign of Manasseh of Judah, possibly taken to the Jewish Temple at Elephantinein Egypt; the miraculous removal of the Ark by divine intervention (Cf. 2 Chronicles); and even the destruction of the original ornate Ark under King Josiah's reforms (when it may have been seen as violating the commandment against graven images) and replacement with a simple wooden box, easily lost when the Temple fell.
Rumoured present locations
Some have claimed to have discovered or have possession of the Ark.
Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Ethiopian Orthodox Churchclaims to possess the Ark of the Covenant or "tabot" in Axum. The object is now kept under guard in a treasury near the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and used occasionally in ritual processions. [ [http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=Smithsonian+Magazine+%7C+People+%26+Places+%7C+Keepers+of+the+Lost+Ark%3F&expire=&urlID=25104449&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smithsonianmag.com%2Fpeople-places%2Fark-covenant-200712.html&partnerID=253162 Smithsonian magazine investigates the Ark] ; > [http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/ark-covenant-200712.html?c=y&page=1 Smithsonian Magazine | People & Places | Keepers of the Lost Ark? ] ] But versions of the Aksum "tabot" are kept in every Ethiopian church, each with its own dedication to a particular saint, most popularly Mary, George and Michael Stuart Munro-Hay, 2005, "The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant", Tauris (reviewed in "Times Literary Supplement" 19 August 2005 p 36)] .
Kebra Nagast" is Ethiopia’s greatest national document, composed to legitimise the new royal line established in 1270 by claiming its descent from Menelik I, the son of King Solomonand the Queen of Sheba, and contains a reference to the Ark of the Covenant being brought to Ethiopia by Menelik. However, recent scholarship suggests that that reference is a later interpolation: many important manuscripts later than the thirteenth century make no reference to it, and it only became a core element of Ethiopian beliefs in the seventeenth century. It has been plausibly suggested that the claim that the Aksum "tabot" is the real Ark of the Covenant results from misunderstandings between the Ethiopians and their Portuguese allies following the defeat of Arab invasions in the sixteenth century – misunderstandings which were gratefully exploited and developed by the Ethiopian church.
Lembapeople, who believe they are of Jewish descent, have claimed that their ancestors carried the Ark south, calling it the " ngoma lungundu" or "voice of God", eventually hiding it in a deep cave in the Dumghe mountains, their spiritual home. [ The real Indiana Jones: Intrepid British don Tudor Parfitt's mission to find the Lord ArkBy ZOE BRENNAN , Daily Mail, 22nd February 2008 [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=517641&in_page_id=1770] ] [ THE LOST ARK OF THE COVENANT by Tudor Parfitt, published by HarperCollins 2008.] [ "A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant" Time.com http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1715337,00.html ]
Channel 4documentary broadcast in UK on April 14, 2008, [http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/C/can_you_believe_it/debates/lostark.html Debates & Controversies - Quest for the Lost Ark] Tudor Parfitt, taking a literalist approach to the Biblical story, described his research into this claim. He says that the object described by the Lemba has attributes similar to the Ark. It was of similar size, was carried on poles by priests, was not allowed to touch the ground, was revered as a voice of their God, and was used as a weapon of great power, sweeping enemies aside.
In his book "The Lost Ark of the Covenant" (2008) Parfitt also suggests that the Ark was taken to Arabia following the
Second Book of Maccabees, and cites Arabic sources which maintain it was brought in distant times to Yemen. One Lemba clan, the Buba, which was supposed to have brought the Ark to Africa, have a genetic signature called the Cohen Modal Haplotypewhich connects them with the ancient Jewish priesthood. The Lemba also came to Africa from Yemen. Lemba tradition maintains that the Ark spent some time in Sena in Yemen. Later, it was taken across the sea to East Africa and may have been taken inland at the time of the Great Zimbabwe civilisation. According to their oral traditions, some time after the arrival of the Lemba with the Ark, it self-destructed. Using a core from the original, the Lemba priests constructed a new one. This replica was discovered in a cave by a Swedish German missionary named Harald von Sicardin the 1940s and eventually found its way to the Museum of Human Science in Harare.
Parfitt had this artifact radio-carbon dated to about 1350 CE, which coincided with the sudden end of the Great Zimbabwe civilization. [http://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem4308] Jewish sources in the
Talmud, as well as the Jewish exegete Rashi (Rashi's commentary of Deuteronomy), suggest that there were two Arks: one was the original simple wooden Ark of Moses described in the Book of Deuteronomy, the other was the later golden Ark made by Bezalel as described in the Book of Exodus. Rabbinic opinion maintains that the first of these Arks was the Ark of War and the second was a ceremonial object which stayed in the Temple. Parfitt suggests that the Ark he found was the descendant of the Ark of War and that a wooden chest being used as a weapon was replicated at least once, and possibly many times. Parfitt offers the suggestion that the wooden ark may always have been a drum as well as a weapon of some sort, like the ngoma. It was often found in musical processions, David danced in front of it and it was covered over with a piece of leather. Parfitt, however, offers no explanation of the original principal contents of the Ark, the stone tablets.
Ron Wyattclaimed to have broken into a chamber while digging underground beneath the Calvary Escarpment. He claimed to have seen the Ark and taken photographs. All photos came out blurry (leading to scepticism of the claim). According to Wyatt the excavations were closed off (because of private property concerns) and, to the extent of knowledge, no one has seen the Ark since. Ron Wyatt was widely seen in the Biblical archaeology community as an attention seeker, often announcing he had found Biblically important objects with little or no hard evidence to back up his claims. Vendyl Jonesclaimed to have found the entrance to the chamber in the Cave of the Column near Qumran. Here, he stated, is where the Ark was hidden prior to the destruction of the First Temple. Arutz Shevaquoted Jones stating he would reveal the Ark on Tisha B'Av( August 14, 2005), the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples; [Robins, Gerard, " [http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Crete/9923/ark.html Vendyl Jones and the Ark of the Covenant] ". [Original: Jewish Herald Voice Newspaper, Houston, TX. May 2000.] ( [http://www.lexiline.com/lexiline/gerardrobinsvendyljones.htm mirror site] ).] however, this did not occur. On Jones' website he states that he was misquoted and actually said it would be appropriate if he discovered the Ark on Tisha B'Av. Jones is waiting for funding to explore the cave.
Modern excavations near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have found tunnels, but digging beneath the Temple Mount is somewhat restricted. One of the most important Islamic shrines, the
Dome of the Rock, sits in the location where the First Temple of Solomon once stood. Messianic preacher Michael Roodclaims that King Solomon married into the Egyptian royal family so as to gain the Egyptians' famed knowledge of sand hydraulic technology. King Solomon reportedly, when building the temple, put the Ark of the Covenant on a platform which could be lowered down into a tunnel system if the Temple were ever overrun. In 586 BCE King Nebuchadnezzar's troops destroyed the temple and carried off the temple treasures but did not find the Ark of the Covenant, which had been lowered into the cave system below and secreted away by Levite priests. [http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/09/30/raiders_of_the_faux_ark/ Raiders of the faux ark - The Boston Globe ] ]
Several legends hold that the Ark was carried home to
Languedocby Templars returning from the Crusades. [ Opening the Ark of the Covenant: The Secret Power of the Ancients, by Frank Joseph, 2007, p. 226 ]
In 2003, historical author Graham Phillips traced the route of the Ark through research using Biblical texts as being taken to Mount Sinai in the Valley of
Edomby the Maccabees, along with other religious treasures. Phillips claims it remained there until the 1180s, when Ralph de Sudeley, the leader of the Templars who apparently found the Maccabean treasure at Jebel al-Madhbah, returned home to his estate at Herdewykein Warwickshire, England, taking the treasure with him.cite book | last = Phillips | first = Graham | authorlink = Graham Phillips | title = The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant: The Discovery of the Treasure of Solomon | publisher = Bear & Company|month=April | year=2005 | url = http://www.grahamphillips.net/Ark/Ark_Intro.htm | isbn = 1591430399 ]
During the turn of the 20th century British Israelites carried out some excavations of the
Hill of Taralooking for the Ark of the Covenant – the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland campaigned successfully to have them stopped before they ruined the hill. [http://www.rsai.ie/index.cfm?action=obj.display&obj_id=153 News 2006 (March 9)]
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Ark of the Covenant — • A kind of chest, measuring two cubits and a half in length, a cubit and a half in breadth, and a cubit and a half in height Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ark of the Covenant Ark of the Covenant … Catholic encyclopedia
ARK OF THE COVENANT — (Heb. אֲרוֹן הַבְּרִית, אֲרוֹן הָעֲדוּת (aron ha berit, aron ha [i]ʿedut[/i]), the chest which stood in the Holy of Holies, and in which the tables of the covenant were kept. Designations The modifying phrases qualifying the word ark are numerous … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Ark of the Covenant — The Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Ark of the Testimony (Testament) and the Ark of the Lord (God), was considered the dwelling place of God by the Israelites. The Ark was a chest (approximately 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 46… … Glossary of theological terms
Ark of the Covenant — Ark Ark ([aum]rk), n. [OE. ark, arke, arche, AS. arc, earc, earce, fr. L. arca, fr. arcere to inclose, keep off; akin to Gr. arkei^n to keep off.] 1. A chest, or coffer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Bearing that precious relic in an ark. Spenser. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ark of the covenant — n. the chest containing the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, kept in the holiest part of the ancient Jewish Tabernacle: Ex. 25:10 … English World dictionary
ark of the covenant — ark (def. 2). * * * In Judaism and Christianity, the ornate, gold plated wooden chest that in biblical times housed the two tablets of the Law given to Moses by God. The Levites carried the Ark during the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness.… … Universalium
ark of the covenant — ark′ of the cov′enant n. jud ark 2) … From formal English to slang
Ark of the Covenant — Ark of the Cov|e|nant n [singular] a box containing the laws of the Jewish religion that represented to the Jews the ↑presence of God … Dictionary of contemporary English
Ark of the Covenant — (also Ark of the Testimony) noun the wooden chest which contained the tablets of the laws of the ancient Israelites … English new terms dictionary
Ark Of The Covenant — A chest of shittim wood (Acacia) 2 1/2 cubits long, 1 1/2 cubits wide and 1 1/2 cubits high. It is overlaid, inside and out, with gold and decorated with the mercy seat and golden cherubs. It contains the two stone tablets that the Ten… … The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology