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Tabernacle that once housed Ark of the Covenant unearthed at Shiloh!

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Site is consistent with Biblical description.

Archaeologists think they have found the tabernacle that once housed the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was the container that God ordered the Israelites to build for holding the fragments of the Ten Commandments.

The possible site of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, where the dig is taking place.

The possible site of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, where the dig is taking place.


By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (
7/26/2017 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Ark of the Covenant, Tabernacle, Israel, Ark

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Archaeologists have discovered the site of the ancient tabernacle at Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was housed for 350 years. The site of their dig matches the Biblical description, and is littered with animal bones from sacrifices.

The site hasn't yet been confirmed, but the clues are so obvious it makes it almost certain. A number of the bones have been sent for forensic analysis. Biblical animal sacrifice required specific animals, of a young age, be killed in a ritualistic manner. If forensic examination confirms the bones are consistent with this practice, it will confirm the finding.

The dig was performed between May and June and was intended to excavate a portion of the city's ancient fortifications.

In addition to the animal bones, archaeologists discovered seals, tools, jewelry and thousands of pieces of pottery which suggests the site was important and busy. Regular digs occur at the site, so more evidence will be uncovered in the months to come.

In 1050 B.C., the Ark was taken out of the tabernacle and carried into battle by an army of Israelites. The battle, fought against the Philistines, was a crushing defeat and the Philistines carried off the Ark as a trophy. However, wherever they took the Ark, disaster befell them. After a matter of months, the Philistines returned the Ark, which was then moved to various locations around Israel.

The Ark's last known location was in 587 B.C. at Jerusalem when the city was sacked by the Babylonians. It is unclear if the Ark was hidden to keep it safe, or if it was captured by the Babylonians and subsequently lost or destroyed.

Few people imagine the Ark could have been destroyed, since it was a sacred object, protected by God with lethal force. Many people who merely looked at it or touched it were struck dead. However, God did not prevent the Philistines from carrying it off.

There are several claims that the Ark resides in various places around the world, including Ethiopia, South Africa, and even the United States.

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