posted on Mar, 26 2013 @ 09:12 AM
I think that the idea that the object actually represent the ark is a stretch, but I do see how the objects could represent "cabinet' that the ark
could have been kept in, within the "holy of holies".
I could see how the Hebrews co-opted existing regional architectural elements in the building of the temple.
There is an article out there by an archeologist, about a plaque found in Egypt, that appears to commemorate the delivery of the Ark to the temple by
artisans from crete. The plaque has a relief on it that appears to show the tabernacle and the holy of holies and the ark, during the period of the
first temple. The plaque has the same triple reccessed doorway element as the objects in the op.
I don't think that discovery got the attention it deserved.
And it fits with the idea that there has been more than one ark of the covenant, there is a very good documentary by a French film maker, that traces
the history of the ark, and the original was a war drum.
The idea of it being a war drum is well grounded in Hebrew history. It also fits with the idea the the Hebrews were not slaves in Egypt, but were in
fact a mercenary tribe employed by the Egyptians to guard the eastern border of the empire. As an Egyptian military establishment, the Hebrew corps
would have carried a large war drum as a command tool.
I believe that conservative Hebrews rejected the building of the temple and its associated idoltary and preserved the idea of the drum. When
Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians the priests fled with both objects, the temple ark , which was the piece commisioned from the cretan artisans,
and the traditional ark which was a war drum.
Now back to the film , the film maker traces the journey of the ark through the holy land and east Africa
It was lost several times and the one in Ethiopia is a replica, but the original temple ark did reside there at one time. The traditional ark was
carried further south into Africa where it finally came to rest with the Lemba, who are descended from the Jewish priestly class. The current drum was
constructed in the early middle ages and is now kept in a museum wharehouse in Zimbabwe.