So the Ark of the Covenent is nothing more than a…

July 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm (Bible artifacts)

I just finished watching an extremely interesting program on the History Channel about Tudor Parfitt‘s search for the Ark of the Covenant. Packed with information that slightly confirmed my suspicions of the whereabouts of the Ark, the Ark is not an Ark after all. It’s a drum. According to Wikipedia,

Lemba tradition tells of a sacred object, the ngoma lungundu or “drum that thunders” that was brought with them from Sena. Tudor Parfitt, Professor of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, has theorised that it was the Ark of the Covenant, lost from Jerusalem after the destruction by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. In a Channel 4 programme, Parfitt claimed to have traced a copy of the artefact to a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe. Radiocarbon dating showed it to be 600 years old, and Parfitt suggested that it was a replica which was made while the Lemba were in Yemen, after the original Ark was destroyed.

You can buy the program here.

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