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

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Tue Aug 2 17:24:20 EDT 2005


I think when it says he found nothing, it is referring to the lack of idols, 
which a Roman would have certainly expected.

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Karl Randolph
Sent: Tue 8/2/2005 10:20 PM
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Stone slab replacing the Ark of the Covenant
 
Do we know there was a stone? I seem to recall that when 
Pompey violated the temple, he went into the Holy of Holies, 
and found nothing. Just an empty room. From that he, and many 
other Romans, concluded that ancient Jews were atheists.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>

> 
> Ezra 1:7-11 gives a list of the temple treasures restored to the Judan kingdom
> and as can be seen the Ark is not listed among them. As the most 
> important of all
> the Temple's treasures I would expect to see it as first on this 
> list if it was
> returned to the temple at that time.
> 
> Therefore, your question of what was in the Holy of Holies in Jesus 
> day is a most
> warranted question.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Alexander Oldernes
> Sent: Tue 8/2/2005 11:56 AM
> To: b-hebrew
> Subject: [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?
> 
> ----
> 
> Alexander Oldernes

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