Has the Ark of the Covenant been discovered?

The location of the Ark of the Covenant, one of the most sacred artifacts in Judaeo-Christian religion, has been a mystery that has evaded archaeologists and theologians for centuries.

According to a recently published article on the Ancient Artifacts Website, amateur researcher  Ron Wyatt claims that the holy relic resides precisely below the spot where Jesus of Nazareth was executed some 600 years after the creation of the 10 commandments.

The significance and the power of The Ark of the Covenant is huge. Judaism generally rejects physical manifestations of faith such as idols. The worship of graven images is rejected throughout the Torah, The Ark was the only physical manifestation of God’s presence on Earth during the Israelites’ exile in the desert.

Picture of The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poissin
The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin depicts the moment Moses returned from Mount Sinai to discover his people worshiping a false idol

The Power of the Ark was significant, famously carried into battle by the Jews as they destroyed the walls of Jericho. It was said the Philistines would only need to look at the Ark to suffer certain death.

Eventually housed in a temple constructed by King David’s son, Solomon where it remained until the Babylonian invasion.

The temple was destroyed by the Babylonians but what happened to the Ark was a mystery. For millennia the whereabouts of the Ark has been unknown. Indeed, possible locations of the most sacred object in the Jewish faith included Jordan, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, France, Italy, Ireland, and the United States of America.

Given the supposed location of Wyatt’s discover it seems a remarkable coincidence that links Judaism and the execution of Christ dovetailing the old and the new testament together (or separating them depending on your point of view) but Wyatt suggested that the Ark didn’t actually move following the destruction of King Soloman’s Temple by the Babylonians.

Also, considering the amount of research and excavation around the site of the Temple of King Solomon, the physical Ark itself is yet to be discovered. Additionally Wyatt has acquired a reputation as a discoverer of Biblically significant archaeological sites of interest that have been openly dismissed by his peers and other scholars working in his field of study. In the article Kerry Sullivan writes,

“The Ark of the Covenant is not the only startling discovery that Ron Wyatt claims to have made. Among more than 100 Biblical-related discoveries, Wyatt said he found Noah’s Ark, anchor stones used by Noah, his post-flood house, tombs of Noah and his wife, the Tower of Babel site, the site of the Crucifixion of Jesus, and the blood of Jesus in an earthquake crack, which he said had 24 chromosomes instead of 46.”

Is it possible that such a hugely important object be covered up and just forgotten about? Given the number of claims purported by Wyatt we suspect that he may be spreading himself too thinly, undermining any validity to his research even before we look at the detail.

Given the significance of The Ark, we would expect the discovery of a biblical archaeological find to have received far greater publicity. However, it does seem that Mr Wyatt’s reputation and previous almost outlandish claims of discover have, in this instance at least, undermined any sense of achievement.

It all seems a bit too convenient. One thing is for sure, the cultural and religious allure of the Ark of the Covenant continues to endure through the millennia. The attraction of such a significant religious artifact will doubtlessly inspire generations of to continue the search for the Lost Ark for years to come.

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