An ark is a chest. The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest the ancient Israelites made to hold the Tablets of “the law”. The story goes that the chest was made because of a command the Lord gave to Moses. It is also called The Ark of God, Ark of God of Israel, Ark of the Testimony, Ark of the Lord God and Ark of the Covenant of God. The Ark was oblong and it held two stone tablets that contained the Ten Commandments. The ark was sacred and highly symbolic for Jews. Its place was in the holiest spot of the Tabernacle and the first Temple. The story is told that the waters of the Jordan River divided when they drew near carrying the Ark. The Babylonians burned the Temple and the Ark of the Covenant is thought to have been destroyed in the fire. Jewish tradition tells of a restoration of the Ark of the Covenant when the Messiah comes.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
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