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Ark of YHWH
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אֳרוֹן/ʾarôn, “ark” (in current English usage, more properly, “chest”) designates in Gen 50:26 the casket of Joseph and in 2 Kgs 12:10f./2 Chr 24:8, 10f. a collection box with lid. In all the remaining 200 or so passages in the OT, it is a cultic object constructed at Sinai according to Exod 25:10–22; 37:1–9 (P), which was brought along during the wandering in the wilderness (Num 10:35f.) and the settlement (Josh 3; 6), then set up in Shiloh (1 Sam 3; 4), and finally in Jerusalem (2 Sam 6; 1 Kgs 8; Cult/Worship: IV; Cultic objects in Palestine). The dimensions of 2.5 × 1.5 × …

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Kreuzer, Siegfried, “Ark of YHWH”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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