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The carbon arc itself is fairly bright, but the tips of the carbon rods are usually much brighter. The tips of the carbon rods get heated up to a temperature usually near 3600 degrees Celsius, or approx. 6500 degrees Fahrenheit. This is near the melting point of carbon. At this temperature, the carbon tips are brighter than halogen lamp filaments of comparable size.
The Discovery Channel program MythBusters determined that it was indeed plausible for ancient people to have used the Baghdad Battery for electroplating or electrostimulation. On MythBusters' 29th episode (which aired on March 23, 2005), ten hand-made terracotta jars were fitted to act as batteries. Lemon juice was chosen as the electrolyte to activate the electrochemical reaction between the copper and iron. (Oddly enough, it was discovered that a single lemon produced more voltage than one of the batteries when using copper and zinc.)
For the religious experience aspect of the batteries, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant was constructed, complete with two cherubim. Instead of linking the cherubim's golden wings to the low power batteries, an electric fence generator was connected. When touched, the wings produced a strong feeling of tightness in the chest. Although the batteries themselves had not been used, it was surmised that, due to the apparent lack of knowledge of electricity, any form of electrical sensation from them could equate to the divine presence in the eyes of ancient people. In the end, the Baghdad battery myth was found plausible on all three accounts.
The History Channel 2008 documentary Ancient Aliens uses the battery as evidence of alien involvement in ancient civilizations, suggesting that Ancient Egyptians could have lighted the pyramids with electric lights.
And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.
(1 Kings 6:23)
The Bible describes several instances when sudden death was inflicted by direct contact with the Ark, and also indicates that occasionally that same fate was meted out to those who happened to be in its near proximity. Other historical accounts tell us about people having been thrown into the air and sparks shooting out of the Ark. Strange as these accounts seem to be, all these phenomenon are consistent with, and can be explained by the cause and effect relationship of a high voltage electrical discharge and/or electric shock.?
It will be proposed that the Ark of the Covenant, while being designed by Divine intelligence, was built by men with materials available during the time of Moses. It will be further postulated that a high energy, wet-cell battery was neatly tucked within the confines of the Ark and would be capable of producing over 1000 volts of electricity on an ongoing basis. With its built-in high voltage energy source, based upon Space Age technology thousands of years ahead of its time, it goes without saying that the Ark would possess awesome and mysterious powers that would puzzle and intimidate the people of ancient times.
2 ¶ And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.