[b-hebrew] Stone slab replacing the Ark of the Covenant
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Tue Aug 2 13:33:26 EDT 2005
On Tue, 2 Aug 2005 09:12:23 -0600 Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>
> On Tuesday 02 August 2005 09:03, Read, James C wrote:
> > Good reasoning. But one thing I note is that whenever the Ark was
> > in Isreal's possession the tanakh closely accounts this and
> follows its
> > movements and tells us about the plagues suffered by those holding
> > The fact that the book of kings makes no more mention of other
> > taking hold of the ark suggests that the ark was still in their
> > up to the babylonian conquest.
> > Jeremiah's prophecy combined with the Maccabean tradition seem to
> > that it was hidden by Jeremiah in accordance with Yah's will.
> A lot depends on how one views the books of Maccabees, but that's an
> aside. I
> have always heard that the Babylonians most likely took it with them
> they destroyed Jerusalem and melted it down, since it was made of
> > The fact that Josiah would command that the ark be taken into the
> > shows that he believed it was there. And a lack of an explanation
> as to why
> > they didn't obey would be very strange.
> Perhaps it's just assumed in the narrative that they did obey. The
> fact that
> it's not mentioned in the description of the Passover etc. is easily
> explained by noting that only the High Priest could go near it, and
> then only
> once a year, so it probably didn't figure in the Passover
> celebration since
> that wasn't when the priest went in before it.
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