Christians in Ethiopia never saw Ark of the Covenant they died for

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Christians in Ethiopia never saw Ark of the Covenant they died for Photo

The harrowing mass-murder of at least 800 people at an Ethiopian church in Tigray highlighted the apparent whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant, one of the biggest mysteries in religion and the stuff of movie legend.

The ark — a large, gold-covered wooden chest said to hold Moses’ Ten Commandments — was held at the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem for centuries, but vanished after Jerusalem was sacked in 586 or 587 BC, according to the Old Testament.

Since then its whereabouts have remained unknown — with rumors including it being stolen by the Knights Templar and hidden in a rebuilt French cathedral, as well as it being buried alongside Alexander the Great in Greece.

However, Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christians have long maintained that the ark has been held in a chapel at the Church of St. Mary of Zion in the holy northern city of Axum.

According to legend, the ark was brought to Ethiopia in the 10th century BC after being stolen by the staff of Menelik, the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon of Israel — who deemed the theft was permitted by God because none of his men were killed.

The ark is said to be so dangerous it was always covered while moved — and in Axum, only virgin monks ordained to be its keeper are allowed to look at it.

There have never been any photographs of it, only illustrations based on the description from Exodus chapter 25, verse 10-21, of an “acacia wood” box covered in gold and carried on two poles.

Even the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is “forbidden from seeing it,” then then-head, His Holiness Abuna Paulos, told the Smithsonian Magazine in 2007. “The guardian of the ark is the only person on earth who has that peerless honor,” he said at the time.

The guardian “prays constantly by the ark, day and night, burning incense before it and paying tribute to God,” Aksum’s then-high priest told the magazine. 

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