Ark of the Covenant given into the keeping of angels

There is an article here with the title “Fate of the Ark of the Covenant Revealed in Hebrew Text”.

It is about a newly translated work that seems similar to the Copper Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The Copper Scroll pretends to be a guide to a buried treasure.  The newly translated document talks about what happened to the treasures of Solomon’s Temple after the sack of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.

The translator of this “Treatise of the Vessels” is scholar James Davila.  He says here that the headline above is not the best, but that the rest of the article is correct.

This text will not lead some would-be Indiana Jones to the discovery of the Lost Ark.  It says that  the angels Shamshiel, Michael and Gabriel took charge  of some of the treasures.  Others were hidden in Israel and Babylon.  That is as specific as it gets.  And, if something were to be protected by angels, surely the Ark would have first place.

The origin of the treatise remains unclear.  The oldest text we have is from Amsterdam in 1648, more than 2000 years after the Babylonian Exile–so clearly a legend, not memory.

I have spent the last day or so thinking about what to write about next.  I have not decided for sure.   But it has been freezing here the last few days.  A lot of people are stuck in the polar vortex.  But my wife and I are retired.  We don’t have to stay here.  We will go to a warmer place.  So I am going to leave the outwardquest to hibernate here in Missouri until early February.



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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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