Ark of the Covenant 

The Ark of the Covenant, referenced in the Hebrew Bible, is a gold-covered wooden chest described in the Book of Exodus as containing the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod and a pot of manna (God’s bread used to feed the Jews for 40 years of wandering the desert after being freed from slavery by Moses). the Ark was always hidden under a large veil made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests and the Levites who carried it. The ark could not be opened or touched by others or tragedy would befall them. 

Artwork: Moses and Joshua bowing before the Ark – James Tissot circa 1900

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