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

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Tue Aug 2 16:25:27 EDT 2005

On Tuesday 02 August 2005 13:21, Stephen Segall wrote:
> What happened to the Ark of the Covenant? After the death of King Solomon
> his son Rehoboam became king. The 10 northern tribes revolted against
> Rehoboam and formed their own separate kingdom. Rehoboam's troops refused
> to fight against their fellow Israelites, so Rehoboam was left with a
> small fraction of the population and a fraction of the land of Solomon's
> original kingdom.
> This was a tempting target for the king of Egypt who attacked and overran
> the truncated Kingdom of Judah. To prevent a siege of Jerusalem, Rehoboam
> agreed to let the Egyptians loot Jerusalem and leave without a fight. This
> Egyptian victory was commemorated on a temple wall at Karnak. The wall
> carving shows Egyptian soldiers carrying away the Ark of the Covenant.

Hmm, good point.  We're told in Kings that Rehoboam made bronze shields (i.e. 
cheap imitations) after this event; perhaps he made a cheap imitation of the 
ark as well?

Dave Washburn
"Well, if I'd wanted a safe life, I guess I wouldn't have 
married a man who studies rocks." - Betty Armstrong (Fay Masterson)

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