Ark of the Covenant


Ark of the Covenant (ark uhv thuh KUHV-uh-nihnt) listen


  • n. In Exodus, the chest built by Moses at God's command to house the Ten Commandments.

Example Sentences

  • "One man-made object was considered intrinsically holy - the Ark of the Covenant." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

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).

Alternative Spellings

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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