Friday, June 26, 2009

Just another WingNutDaily delusion, or have they found the actual Ark of the Covenant?

I'm not terribly well-versed in mythology and religious history – actually, I pretty much suck at it, to be honest – but I do know enough about the fabled Ark of the Covenant, that sacred box that would've held the two stone tablets that contained the Ten Commandments, to know that discovering it would be a tremendously important archaeological find, even bigger than King Tut's tomb, arguably. So that's why this WorldNetDaily "Exclusive" report does hold a modicum of interest for even the greatest of skeptics – sure, it's probably some more silliness. But what if ...?

Ark hunters and Bible enthusiasts are buzzing about a report that the Ark of the Covenant, the ancient container that holds the Ten Commandments, is expected to be unveiled in Rome today.

As WND reported, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world the unveiling of the Ark, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries."

Of course, a potential unveiling of the actual Ark of the Covenant would be groundbreaking not for its religious meaning, but simply because it's such an important piece of human history. While I'm naturally doubtful that this is anything worth raising our hopes up about, it's still an interesting suspense.

However, another reason to fear its unveiling would be – well, just ask Dr. Jones.



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