A replica of the Ark of the Covenant carried through Jerusalem by Christian supporters. Illustration - David Michael Cohen/TPS
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The “Truth” About the Ark of the Covenant

Does a new theory suggested by Israeli archaeologists match the evidence, or is it just another leap of faith?

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Israel Finkelstein, who teaches at Tel Aviv University, belongs to the dying breed of minimalist archaeologists who don’t really believe the Bible contains accurate accounts. As one of Israel’s foremost archaeologists, Finkelstein has played a key role in shaping modern Israel’s views of its ancient history. For example, Finkelstein tells us that archaeology reveals King David to have been little more than a local sheikh of a nomadic tribe living in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Though archaeological discoveries repeatedly challenge the minimalistic approach, those belonging to this school of thought continue to push that which has become increasingly difficult to…

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