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Deuteronomy 10:1ff At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest , and thou shalt put them in the ark.
Exodus 25:10f And they shall make an ark of sjittim wood: [...] And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold
Exodus 31:2ff See , I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri [...] I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach [...] that they may make all that I have commanded thee; The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony
Nobody said the Ark was made of gold entirely,but was inlaid with gold even the handles had gold inlaid in them ,nobody dispute the fact the Ark was of wood
reply to post by Utnapisjtim
You realise that you're reading two passages that are about EXACTLY THE SAME THING, yes?
Deuteronomy and Exodus overlap - they detail the same events and commands, at least in part. These verses are complementary, not isolated. There was just one ark - made of wood, overlaid with gold.
reply to post by Utnapisjtim
Yes, and almost nobody you meet knows that the next "ten commandments" that are actually in the ark have very little in common with the ten commandments we are taught in school and on courthouse lawns.
There are three versions of the Ten Commandments in the Bible. Two of them are very similar, Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
The third version, in Exodus 34:12-26, is radically different, and is the only one which the Bible refers to as "the Ten Commandments". This is the second set which were given to Moses following the destruction of the first tablets when he suffered from an anger management failure after witnessing the Israelites worshipping the golden calf. While it has a few similarities to the original set, it does not include well known rational commandments such as "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not kill"; but has instead instructions about holy days, not cooking kids in their mothers' milk, and God expresses a distaste for sacrifices containing both blood and yeast (although either alone is apparently quite acceptable). God says (Exodus 34:1) that this second set was also written on the first pair of tablets, so the "Ten Commandments" from Exodus 20 are probably not the Ten Commandments at all.
It still feels right that the real ark is in that church in Ethiopia. Why else would the one person selected to guard it seal themselves into the building and live in it for their entire life. They never leave until they die, and then the next one is selected to live in the tiny building for their entire life - and they do it!
Exodus XXV, 10 (God speaking to Moses) "And they shall make an ark of #tom wood" and then goes on to describe how it should be ...
So, basically what you're saying is ignore one part of the Bible because it's junk, but completely and totally believe another part of the Bible, because that's the real truth? What makes one part more or less truthful than the other?
Picking and choosing is against the rules, you know. It's either all or nothing.
26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.