The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that is supposed to have held tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments, engraved by God for Moses on Mount Sinai, according to the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and Christian Old Testament.
According to the Hebrew Bible, the Ark was constructed by the Israelites while they were camping out in the Sinai Desert, after they fled Egypt. The Hebrew Bible doesn’t specify when they fled Egypt, and there is a debate among scholars as to whether there ever was an exodus from Egypt. The Ark vanished when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 587 B.C.
The ark has a number of seemingly magical powers, according to the Hebrew Bible. In one story, the Jordan River stopped flowing and remained still while a group of priests carrying the ark crossed the river. Other stories describe how the Israelites took the Ark with them into battle where the powers of the ark helped the Israelites defeat their enemies.
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