Thursday, June 25, 2009

Aron Hakodesh in Ethiopia?

Arutz Sheva:
Holy Ark Announcement Due on Friday

by Hillel Fendel

( Ethiopian church leader says Friday, June 26, marks the right time to unveil the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, which he says has been hidden in his church for centuries.

Abuna Pauolos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, was in Rome this week to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. While there, he told reporters that the time had come to reveal before the world the Holy Ark. He said that the holy container has been in the custody of his church for hundreds of years.

Paulous said he would make the full announcement this Friday, June 26, 2 PM local time (3 PM Israel time, 8 AM New York time) at a press conference in Rome.

The claim that the Biblical Holy Ark has been kept at the Church, in the city of Axum, is an old one, but this is the first time that the Church plans to actually reveal the actual container, or news of it. It is not known whether the Church claims that the actual Tablets of the Law are inside it.

Copies of the alleged Ark are kept in many other churches in Ethiopia.

The news of the impending announcement was first reported by the Italian news agency Adnkronos. Pauolos told the news outlet, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that G-d delivered to Moses, and the center of searches and studies for centuries."

Pauolos said "The Ark of the Covenant has been in Ethiopia for many centuries. As Patriarch, I have seen it with my own eyes, and only a few, highly-qualified persons could do the same - until now."

Back to Earth
Stuart Munro-Hay, author of “Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses,” concluded that the object in question is definitely not the original Holy Ark.

The building of the Ark of the Covenant – also known as the Ark of Testimony and the Ark of G-d’s Covenant – in accordance with Divine instructions is recounted in the Book of Exodus. The Ark held the Tablets of the Law, and traveled with the People of Israel, leading the way into the Promised Land. It was placed first in the Tabernacle in Shilo, and centuries later in the Holy Temple built by King Solomon. Since then, its whereabouts have been unknown, though one popular legend says it was brought to Ethiopia. Alternatively, it could be under the Temple Mount, in a cave at Mt. Nevo in Jordan, in the Vatican, a hideaway in Utah, or elsewhere.

Hideaway in Utah?????

Anyways, back to the one in Ethiopia, I don't really care if this is the real deal or not. We will know that information soon enough anyways. What I'm really wondering is: what's prompting Paulous to say "The time has come..." ?

Has the time really come? Is this a message to us?

1) See my follow-up post on the Rambam's view.
2) No news conference occurred on Friday. See A7's article and Rafi's blog.

Further Update: Gilui points out that the latest from World Net Daily is that it was probably a misunderstanding to begin with.


At Thu Jun 25, 02:44:00 PM 2009, Blogger Devorah said...

I remember seeing a documentary on TV about this, a long time ago. A tribe in Ethiopia made a lot of claims, including this one about the Ark of the Covenant. They truly believe it is the Ark......

At Thu Jun 25, 03:15:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very interesting and a little curious. I wonder why he went to Rome with this. Doesn't the orthodox xtian church operate independently?

At Thu Jun 25, 06:45:00 PM 2009, Blogger Neshama said...

Could this be related to a claim for Har HaBayit by the head of vatican city? OR
Maybe they want to use this to bolster the claim (in osme weird way) of pal. rulership over Jerusalem, sanctioned by P...?
This is going to be a good one.
Where is Vendyl Jones when you need him?

At Thu Jun 25, 11:59:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where IS Vendyl Jones? Anyone know what he is up to and where he is living nowadays? Any info on his children, who supposedly converted and are living in the Shtachim?

At Fri Jun 26, 12:13:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Fri Jun 26, 05:33:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, it cannot be the genuine article. The Ethiopians are basing their claim on a source called the Kebra Negast which relates that the Ark was taken to Ethiopia by Prince Menelik (allegedly the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, after he visited Solomon. But the Tanakh invalidates that claim in 2nd Chronicles 35:3 where King Josiah tells the kohanim to place the ark in the Holy of Holies. That is just over 350 years after the time of Solomon.

Vendyl Jones? He's alive and well, living in Grandview, Texas (an about an hour south of Dallas). He's slowed down just a bit having just turned 79 years old this past May.

At Sat Jun 27, 11:05:00 PM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

Last anonymous, that's exactly what I was thinking. Thanks.

Thanks for the update on Vendyl Jones.

At Wed Jul 01, 02:42:00 AM 2009, Blogger גילוי said...

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