Ark of the Covenant
n. In Exodus, the chest built by Moses at God's command to house the Ten Commandments.
"One man-made object was considered intrinsically holy - the Ark of the Covenant." (source)
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Who Uses This
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Ark of the Testimony, Ark of God
"According to legend, it was a gold box with two large angels on it. After King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, the Ark of the Covenant was kept in the Holy of Holies. It was lost during the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E." (JPS)
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