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- proper n. The sacred container, a gold-plated wooden chest, of the two tablets of law (the Ten Commandments) given to Moses by the Hebrew God.
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- n. (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
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Solomon’s Temple was built on the model of the Phoenician temples, which in turn were themselves modelled on those of ancient Egypt.76 And several scholars believe that the images carved on the Ark of the Covenant actually depicted Yahweh and a female deity.
The groundwork of the arrangement was the family dresser, which, with its shining handles, and finger-marks, and domestic evidences thick upon it, stood importantly in front, over the tails of the shaft-horses, in its erect and natural position, like some Ark of the Covenant that they were bound to carry reverently.
“Tábút,” a term applied to the Ark of the Covenant
The Essenes of Mount Horeb had, however, another holy relic in the cave of Elijah; nothing less than a part of the most holy mystery of the Ark of the Covenant which came into their possession when the Ark fell into the hands of enemies.