Paging Indiana Jones (Or, How Did I Miss THIS?!)

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…

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2 thoughts on “Paging Indiana Jones (Or, How Did I Miss THIS?!)

  1. novak

    Damn. I’ve been waiting for years for some kind of “public” appraisal of whatever they’ve got in there (if anything), and even if only from some other archbishop from somewhere else. If they do have some (even inauthentic) thing that they’ve treated as the Ark liturgically for some centuries, I can quite understand their not submitting it to some university for evaluation. But even the Shroud of Turin (granted, one of about 40 “true shrouds” in Europe, if I have my figures correct) was put on display for the faithful on occasion!

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