Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia

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The legend of the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia began 3000 years ago. The legend says that the ark of the covenant Ethiopia was brought to Ethiopia with Queen Sheba who traveled to visit King Solomon.

It is repeatedly said that Menelik, the child of Solomon and Sheba, brought the ark of the covenant Ethiopia back with them. was brought to Ethiopia 3,000 years by a man named Menelik, who, according to legend, was the son of the Queen of Sheba and Israel’s King Solomon.

The Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia, also known as the Ark of the Testimony is a gold-covered wooden chest with lid cover described in the Book of Exodus as containing the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. in the Christian New Testament, Hebrews 9:4 reads that

“The ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tablets of the covenant.”

Hebrews 9:4

The biblical account relates that approximately one year after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, the Ark was created according to the pattern given to Moses by God when the Israelites were encamped
at the foot of Mount Sinai.

Thereafter, the gold-plated acacia chest was carried by its staves while on a route by the Levites approximately 800 in advance of the people when on the march or before the israelite army, the host of fighting men.

When carried, the Ark was always hidden under a large veil
made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests and the Levites who carried it. God has spoken with Moses “from between the two cherubim” on the Ark’s cover.

When at rest the tabernacle was set up and the holy Ark was placed in it under the veil of the covering, the staves of it crossing the middle side bars to hold it up off the ground.

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Ark of the Covenant: Construction and Description

The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that held tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments.

According to the Hebrew Bible, the ark was constructed by the Israelites while they were camping out in the Sinai Desert after they fled Egypt.

The Hebrew Bible doesn’t specify when they fled Egypt,
and there is a debate among scholars as to whether there ever was an exodus from Egypt.

The ark vanished when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 587 B.C. The ark has many seemingly magical powers, according to the Hebrew Bible. in one story, the Jordan River stopped flowing and remained still while a group of priests carrying the ark crossed the river.

Other stories describe how the Israelites took the ark with them into battle where the powers of the ark helped the Israelites defeat their enemies.

When Joshua read the Law to the people between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, they stood on each side of the Ark. We next hear of the Ark in Bethel where it was being cared for by the priest Phineas the grandson of Aaron (where ‘Bethel’ is translated ‘the House of God’ in the King James Version).

According to this verse, it was consulted by the people of Israel when they were planning to attack the Benjaminites at the battle of Gibeah. Later the Ark was kept at Shiloh, another religious center some 16 km north of Bethel, at the time of the prophet Samuel’s apprenticeship, where it was cared for by Hophni and Phinehas, two sons of Eli.

According to the Biblical narrative, a few years later the elders of Israel decided to take the Ark out onto the battlefield to assist them against the Philistines, after being defeated at the battle of Eben-Ezer.

They were heavily defeated by the loss of 37,000 men. The Ark was captured by the Philistines and Hophni and Phinehas were killed. 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 “The glory has departed Israel” about the loss of the Ark. The mother of the child Ichabod died at his birth.

The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place, misfortune befell them.

At Ashdod, it 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 tumors; a plague of mice
was sent over the land. The affliction of boils was also visited upon the people of Gath and Ekron, whither the Ark was successively removed.

After the Ark had been among them for 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 tumors and mice wherewith they had been afflicted.

The Ark was set up in the field of Joshua the Bethshemite, and the Beth-Shemites offered sacrifices and burnt offerings. Out of curiosity, the men of Bethshemesh gazed at the Ark; and as a punishment, seventy of them (fifty thousand and seventy in some translations) were smitten by the Lord.

The Bethshemites sent to Kirjath-jearim or Baal-Judah, to have the Ark removed; and it was taken to the house of Abinadab, whose son Eleazar was sanctified to keep it. Kirjath-jearim remained 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 Chronicle 13:3, it is stated that the people were not accustomed to consulting the Ark in the days of Saul.

In the Biblical narrative, at the beginning of his reign over the
United Monarchy, King David removed the Ark from Kirjath-jearim amid great rejoicing. On the way to Zion, Uzzah, one of the drivers of the cart that carried the Ark, put out his hand to steady the Ark and
was struck dead by God for touching it.

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Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia: Second Book of Maccabees

According to Second Maccabees, at the beginning of chapter 2. The records show that it was the prophet Jeremiah who …prompted by a divine message … gave orders that the Tent of Meeting and the ark should go with him. Then he went away to the mountain from the top of which Moses saw God’s Promised Land.

When he reached the mountain, Jeremiah found a cave-dwelling; he carried the tent, the ark, and the incense-altar into it, then blocked up the entrance. Some of his companions came to mark out the way but were unable to find it. When Jeremiah learned of this he reprimanded them.

“The place shall remain unknown”, he said, “Until God finally gathers his people together and shows mercy to them. The Lord will bring these things to light again, and the glory of the Lord will appear with the cloud, as it was seen both in the time of Moses and when Solomon prayed that the shrine might be worthily consecrated.”

The “mountain from the top of which Moses saw God’s Promised Land” would be Mount Nebo, located in what is now Jordan.

In the New Testament, the Ark is mentioned in the Letter to the Hebrews and the Revelation to St. John. Hebrews 9:4 states that the Ark contained “the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod
that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.” Revelation 11:19 says the prophet saw God’s temple in heaven opened, “and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple.”

In the Gospel of Luke, the author’s accounts of the Annunciation and Visitation are constructed using eight points of literary parallelism to compare Mary to the Ark. Saint Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria, is credited with writing about the connections between the Ark and the Virgin Mary:

“O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall i compare you, O Virgin? You are greater than them all O Ark of the) Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the flesh in which Divinity resides”

The Ark of the Covenant in Islamic Sources

Sura 2 of the Quran Verse 248, is believed to refer to the Ark:
And their prophet said to them, “indeed, a sign of his kingship is that the chest (tābūt) will come to you in which is the assurance (sakīnatun) from your Lord and a remnant of what the family of Moses Mūsā) and the family of Aaron Hārūn) had left, carried by the angels. indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.”

The Arabic word sakīna (variously translated “peace of reassurance” or “spirit of tranquility”) is related to the post-Biblical Hebrew shekhinah, meaning “dwelling or presence of God”.

The Islamic scholar Al Baidawi mentioned that the sakina could be Tawrat, the Books of Moses. According to Al- Jalalan, the relics in the Ark were the fragments of the two tablets, rods, robes, shoes, miter of Moses, and the vase of manna.

Al-Tha’alibi, in Qisas Al-Anbiya, has given an earlier and later history of the Ark. According to Uri Rubin, the Ark of the Covenant has a religious basis in Islam, and Islam gives it special significance.

Since its disappearance from the Biblical narrative, there have been several claims of having discovered or of having possession of the Ark, and several possible places have been suggested for its location.

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2 Maccabees 2:4-10, written around 100 BC, says that the prophet Jeremiah, “being warned by God” before the Babylonian invasion, took the Ark, the Tabernacle, and the Altar of Incense, and buried them in a cave on Mount Nebo, 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.” Mount Nebo is also described in the Bible.

Deuteronomy 34 as the site from which Moses views the Promised Land, and also is his final burial place.

Mount Nebo is approximately 47 km slightly south of due east from
Jerusalem, near the east bank of the Jordan River. A man named Bezalel was chosen by God to build the Ark of the Covenant and furnishings located within the tabernacle, according to the Hebrew Bible.

“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills — to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.” Exodus 31:3-5.

Oholiab was chosen by God to be Bezalel’s assistant, with skilled craftsmen helping them, the Hebrew Bible says.

Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church claims to possess the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia, or Tabot, in Axum. The object is currently kept under guard in a treasury near the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Replicas of the Axum Tabot, the ark of the covenant Ethiopia, are kept in every Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, each with its dedication to a particular saint; the most popular of these include Mary, George, and Michael.

The Kebra Nagast was composed to legitimize the Solomonic dynasty, which ruled the Ethiopian Empire following its establishment in 270. it narrates how the real Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik i with divine assistance, while a forgery was left in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Although the Kebra Nagast is the best-known account of this belief, it predates the document. Abu al-Makarim, writing in the last quarter of the twelfth century, makes one early reference to this belief
that they possessed the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia.

“The Abyssinians possess also the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia”, he wrote, and, after a description of the object, describes how the liturgy is celebrated upon the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia four times a year, “on the feast of the great nativity, on the feast of the glorious Baptism, on the feast of the Holy
Resurrection, and on the feast of the illuminating Cross.”

Contrary to the Kebra Nagast, there are speculations that the Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia spent several years in Egypt before it came to Ethiopia via the Nile River, where it was kept in the islands of Lake Tana for about four
hundred years and finally taken to Axum.

The Lemba people of South Africa and Zimbabwe 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.

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.

One Lemba clan, the Buba, which was supposed to have brought the Ark to Africa, have a genetic signature called the Cohen Modal Haplotype. This suggests a male Semitic link to the Levant. 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 civilization.

According to oral traditions, sometime 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 Sicard in 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, which coincided with the sudden end of the Great Zimbabwe civilization.

Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia: Other possible locations

One author has theorized that the Ark was taken from Jerusalem to the village of Rennes-le-Château in Southern France. Karen Ralls has cited Freemason Patrick Byrne, who believes the Ark was moved
from Rennes-le-Château at the outbreak of World War i to the United States.

The Ark of the Covenant Ethiopia was said to have been kept in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, surviving the pillages of Rome by Alaric i and Gaiseric but lost when the basilica burned.

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