Raiders of the Lost Ark was a thrilling movie, but what Indiana Jones sort-of found was not the Ark of the Covenant. Here are some clues that might help you solve the greatest historical mystery of all times.According to Exodus in the Old Testament, God spoke to the Israelites from amidst thunder, lightning and smoke from the summit of Mount Sinai.ordered them to build an ark of specific materials and dimensions so that he “could dwell among them.”While the ark was under construction, God summoned Moses to the summit. “I will give thee the tables of stone and the law and the commandments which I have written” (scratched).
Moses returned after 40 days (symbolic for “a long time”) ark video driver crash with the tables. He found that in his absence the Israelites had constructed a golden calf (Egyptian bull-god).Angry that his people were backsliding, Moses cast down and broke the tables that God had made. The people repented. Moses prayed for a second chance.God told him to hew two tables of white stone and bring them in an ark of wood to the summit where God would again write the “testimony.”
Thus it is clear that there were two arks – one of gold-plated acacia wood approximately 4 feet, by 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet, equipped with long carrying-staves and topped by two “cherubims” with out-stretched wings.The design was a standard, Egyptian motif for sacred objects – similar to one found in King Tut’s tomb.The makeshift ark was plain, unspecified wood and dimensions – certainly smaller inasmuch as Moses had to carry it up and down the mountain by himself.
The tables probably were no larger than today’s printer-copier paper. It was common practice to scratch messages on stone or pottery when scarce papyrus paper was not available.Jewish tradition is that the golden Ark contained God’s broken tables, a jar of “manna” (unidentified) that sustained the Israelites in the wilderness, and Aaron’s rod that budded overnight as a sign he was to be high priest.These eventually were installed in Solomon’s temple at Jerusalem. The wooden Ark supposedly was shuttled around between the homes of priests — to be carried, as needed, in war.