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Ark of the Covenant
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The ark was a portable sanctuary of the Israelites, a wooden chest that could be carried on poles. According to the later, but probably accurate, information in Exod. 25:10, it measured about 125 X 75 X 75 cm. (50 X 30 X 30 in.). According to common scholarly opinion, the ark appears for the first time in the Shiloh temple as part of the priestly cultus. It was lost in the war against the Philistines but was regained and brought to a neighboring sanctuary (1 Samuel 4–6). Later David, probably in order to integrate religious traditions from the North with his national cultus, brought it to Jerusale…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Ark of the Covenant”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A596>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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