[b-hebrew] Stone slab replacing the Ark of the Covenant

Søren Holst sh at teol.ku.dk
Tue Aug 2 07:35:51 EDT 2005

Venturing outside the HB canon, the first thing we come across is 2. Maccabees stating that Jeremiah hid the ark in a cave east of the Jordan before the Babylonians destroyed the temple, and that Jeremiah said "the place will remain unknown until God brings his people together again and lets righteousness reign" (2 Macc 2,7-8 in my own feeble reproduction of a Danish translation). Whether this prophecy in the eyes of 2 Macc would most likely refer to the return from the exile in the late 6th century BCE or to an escathological situation, I'm not sure.

I *think* (please correct me) there's a rabbinic tradition that the ark is hidden somewhere under the temple mound and that therefore the shekinah still dwells at the same place. But is this hiding associated with the destruction of the first or second temple?

kol tuv

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> Emne:	[b-hebrew]  Stone slab replacing the Ark of the Covenant
> Maybe your expertise can help me with this question...
> I have read somewhere that when the curtain covering the entrance to the 
> Most Holy was torn in two, in the first century CE, the Most Holy was 
> exposed containing no Ark of the Covenant. In place of the Ark was a stone 
> slab upon which the high priest sprinkled the blood on the Day of Atonement.
> I know the last mention of the Ark of the Covenant is in 2. Chronicles 35:5, 
> saying:
> He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been 
> consecrated to YHWH: "Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of 
> David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your 
> shoulders."
> This happened around 642 (?) BCE.
> And now the question...
> Do we know that the Ark of the Covenant was replaced by a stone slab?
> If so...
> Who writes about it?
> Do we know when this was done?
> Do we know what the stone slab looked like?
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