The whereabouts of the Ark remain shrouded in mystery. Image Credit: PD - BRBurton
The golden chest believed to have held the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed, the Ark remains one of the most sought-after and mystifying religious artifacts in history.
For years researchers have attempted to determine where it might be or if it even still exists at all. It's last known location was King Solomon's Temple but when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem the temple was destroyed and the Ark disappeared along with it.
Enter Harry Moskoff, a researcher who has spent over 25 years attempting to solve the mystery. Sometimes referred to as a "Jewish Indiana Jones," Moskoff believes that the Ark, which was thought to have been placed within a room of the temple referred to as the Holy of Holies, may still be there inside a hidden chamber that was built underneath by King Solomon specifically for this purpose.
No direct archaeological evidence of the temple has ever been found and its currently accepted location, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, has been hotly debated for centuries.
"Is the Dome of the Rock the real place of the Temple? Some Jewish sages argue that God would never put any building on top of the Holy of Holies," said Moskoff. "The Dome of the Rock is not on the Foundation Stone, but rather the highest point on Mount Moriah."
Moskoff's quest to locate the Ark is the subject of his book - The A.R.K Report.
"I’ve spoken with other archaeologists and researchers. None of them have the scriptural sources or references where the holiest and most valuable item ever in history is located," he said.
Until the remains of King Solomon's Temple have been conclusively discovered however we may never know for sure whether the Ark of the Covenant is actually located there.
Source: Breaking Israel News |