So I’m listening to the Hometown Tales podcast, and it turns out that, only a couple of weeks ago, there were reports that the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia was going to unveil the Ark of the Covenant.
Yes, THAT Ark of the Covenant.
This got my attention. Ethiopia is one of the alleged locations of the Ark – it’s said to be in the care of the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum – and frankly, if the Patriarch planned to reveal the Ark to the world it would be huge news. Nowadays it’s best known for being the macguffin in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the Ark of the Covenant has a fairly major role in the pantheon of iconic religious objects, representing the presence of God for a good chunk of the Old Testament. The idea of seeing it unveiled on the BBC…. Wow.
Unfortunately, a couple of days later, a press release was issued saying it was all a big misunderstanding.
Which is kind of a letdown…