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What is significant about the Ark of the Covenant? What is it?

In Genesis, God had Noah create an ark—a sanctuary for some of those things God had placed man in charge of, namely animals. In Exodus, God gave Moses instructions for a different type of ark. An ornate box that was to hold some of the law God had given the Israelites to be in charge of the Ten Commandments. It was also a marker for where the presence of God would rest and where God would talk to His people.

The Ark of the Covenant was a different kind of religious symbol than the Israelites were used to. It was not a statue meant to represent the physical manifestation of a god. It was not a container for God—it was to be respected but not worshipped. Instead, it was a place where God and man could meet. Both literally, as God would hover over the Ark when the priests approached it, and figuratively through the law that was kept inside. That law was the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written (Deuteronomy 10:2). These commandments were key in the covenant for which t…
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New Information Says the Lost Ark of the Covenant May Be Under Secret Protection In Ethiopia

Where is the Ark of the Covenant? The location of one of the Bible’s most infamous ancient relics has befuddled archaeologists, thrillseekers and biblical scavenger hunters for millennia. But now the US-based Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration Institute (BASE for short) thinks they might have a bead on its whereabouts: an Ethiopian church, where it is being closely guarded by an ancient monastic order.

First, some history. According to the Book of Exodus, the Ark of the Covenant was built by the Jews while they were wandering in the desert, en route to the Promised Land. It was conceived as an easily transportable resting place for God — a sign of His presence among the Israelites — until years later, when Solomon could build an actual temple. The ark was a gold-covered wood chest that contained the Ten Commandments, the staff of Moses’ brother Aaron and some of the mana that God showered the Hebrews with for their daily food. It was treated with great reverence, generally hidden…

What is the Ark of the Covenant?

Answer: God made a covenant (a conditional covenant) with the children of Israel through His servant Moses. He promised good to them and their children for generations if they obeyed Him and His laws; but He always warned of despair, punishment, and dispersion if they were to disobey. As a sign of His covenant, He had the Israelites make a box according to His own design, in which to place the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. This box, or chest, was called an “ark” and was made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. The Ark was to be housed in the inner sanctum of the tabernacle in the desert and eventually in the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem. This chest is known as the Ark of the Covenant.

The real significance of the Ark of the Covenant was what took place involving the lid of the box, known as the "Mercy Seat." The term ‘mercy seat’ comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to cover, placate, appease, cleanse, cancel or make atonement for.” It was here that the …

Caring for the Animals on the Ark

While it is possible that God made miraculous provisions for the daily care of these animals, it is not necessary—or required by Scripture—to appeal to miracles. According to Scripture, Noah’s Ark was a safe haven for representatives of all the kinds of air-breathing land animals that God created. While it is possible that God made miraculous provisions for the daily care of these animals, it is not necessary—or required by Scripture—to appeal to miracles. Exploring natural solutions for day-to-day operations does not discount God’s role: the biblical account hints at plenty of miracles as written, such as God bringing the animals to the Ark (Genesis 6:20; 7:9, 15). It turns out that a study of existing, low-tech animal care methods answers trivial objections to the Ark. In fact, many solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems are rather straightforward.

How Did Noah Fit All the Animals on the Ark?
According to the Bible, the Ark had three decks (floors). It is not difficult to show…

No Kind Left Behind Recounting the Animals on the Ark

We’ve all seen images of giraffes, zebras, and elephants boarding Noah’s Ark. But what did Noah’s floating zoo really look like? The answer is sure to surprise us … and to remind us that there’s much more to the Ark than we ever imagined. Imagine gathering all the kinds of land animals that ever lived in one place. What a zoo that would be! Recently, Answers in Genesis began work on its Ark Encounter outreach project, to build a full-sized Ark and populate it with a sampling of the animals that Noah may have brought on board. Which animals were there? How many?

Helping to find the answer is this palaeontologist’s dream come true. Such a project requires gathering data on every kind of creature ever discovered, sifting through the list, and calculating which ones showed up at Noah’s door. In addition to rabbits, elephants, and tigers, most creationists now recognize that dinosaurs must have tromped onboard the Ark, along with flying pterosaurs. A few enterprising artists have shown kang…

How Many People Built the Ark?

Ever since we announced the plans to build a full-sized ark in northern Kentucky, we have received a “flood” of inquiries. As you can imagine, questions have come from excited supporters, ardent sceptics, and others who are somewhere in between these groups. As we mentioned in last week’s article, our plan is to regularly address the numerous questions and concerns raised about the Ark Encounter project, as well as about the real Noah’s Ark and global Flood described in God’s Word.

Did Eight People Build the Ark?
Several people have asked why some of our promotional artwork has depicted more than eight people involved in constructing Noah’s Ark since the Bible seems to indicate that the Ark was built by Noah and his family. As we will see, Scripture does not explicitly state this. It is true that only eight people were on board the Ark during the Flood. Genesis 7:13 states, “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his son…

What Did Noah’s Ark Look Like?

While the Bible gives us essential details on many things, including the size and proportions of Noah’s Ark, it does not necessarily specify the precise shape of this vessel. It is important to understand, however, that this lack of physical description is consistent with other historical accounts in Scripture.1 So how should we illustrate what the Ark looked like? The two main options include a default rectangular shape reflecting the lack of specific detail and a more fleshed-out design that incorporates principles of ship design from maritime science while remaining consistent with the Bible’s size and proportions.

Genesis describes the Ark in three verses, which require careful examination:

6:14—“Make yourself an ark [tebah] of gopher wood; make rooms [qinniym] in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch [kofer].
6:15—“And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
6:16—“You shall…