Jewish Journal

Ethiopia to keep the Ark secret

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 1, 2009 | 8:18 pm

Last week I reported on some building anticipation that the Ethiopian Orthodox church was going to reveal the Ark of the Covenant, which it church claims they have kept in hiding since the ark holding God’s law disappeared from Jerusalem around 700 BC.

Today we learn that the Ark is not going to be moved to a museum for public viewing. It will remain in its secret shrine, accessible to only a few of the highest priests.

“I am deeply disappointed that the Italian media misquoted me and disseminated false information about me unveiling the Ark of the Covenant to the world,” Patriarch Abune Paulos said at a news conference. “It is a fabrication, disinformation.”

Abune added: “I would like to confirm once again that the Ark of the Covenant and the sacred tablets containing the Ten Commandments that God delivered to Moses are in Ethiopia.”

Shocking development, I know.

This, obviously, only contributes to the mystery—myth?—surrounding Ethiopia’s claims to the Ark. But it’s probably for the best. We don’t need any scenes that those in the video above.

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