‘Ark of the Covenant’ about to be unveiled? (Update: No, it isn’t.)

By | June 25, 2009

Ark of the CovenantThe patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, “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 God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries.”

The announcement is expected to be made at 2 p.m. Italian time from the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome. Pauolos will reportedly be accompanied by Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Sellassie and Duke Amedeo D’Acosta.

“The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries,” said Pauolos. “As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now.”

– via WND

The Ark above is the Hollywood version from the Indiana Jones movie.  Are you sure you want to look at the real one? Here is what happens when you look at the Hollywood Ark:

Well, good thing that it won’t be unveiled after all.  Just think if something like this fell into the wrong hands, entire wax museums could get melted.

One thought on “‘Ark of the Covenant’ about to be unveiled? (Update: No, it isn’t.)

  1. alan paron dithers

    Who cares about a fake ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ Stephan Huller has an academic article coming up which proves that this:


    is the original Episcopal throne of Alexandria, mentioned in the Acts of Peter the Patriarch, Origen, Clement and other sources and dated to the first century.

    I read the book. I loved it but I want to know what everyone else thinks? I think its very important but I am not an expert.

    His blog with additional information is


    Maybe you can tell me if this for real.

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