The Ark of the Covenant is perhaps the greatest archeological puzzle of all time. According to Biblical literature, the Ark was built at the command of God himself. It is a gold chest said to contain the stone tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written, along — potentially — with other astonishing relics like Aaron’s rod.
Aside from acting as a container, the Ark also serves as a conduit — a physical means to actually communicate with God. Its significance — as a historical artifact, a religious symbol, and a possible supernatural vessel — is beyond immense.
If the Ark truly does exist and is eventually found, the ramifications would no doubt be felt around the world. Unfortunately, the Ark has been missing ever since the destruction of King Solomon’s Temple by Babylonian forces in the sixth century BC. The location of the chest, assuming it survived the Temple’s destruction, is a hotly debated topic. Numerous areas, from Jerusalem to Ethiopia and even Canada, have all been proposed as the Ark’s possible resting place.
Now, a recently translated Hebrew text known as “Treatise of the Vessels” is throwing attention back on the mysterious Ark. However, the enigmatic text does not provide an exact location — just the opposite, in fact. The text states that the Ark, and the other treasures once housed in Solomon’s Temple, “shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David.”
This isn’t the answer treasure hunters wanted to hear, and the historical accuracy of the text itself has been called into question. The author uses elaborate and colorful imagery, suggesting the text was meant to be read as a work of fiction rather than a factual document.
According to the most prominent theories, the Ark might be buried deep beneath the Temple Mount, under armed guard in Ethiopia’s Church of Saint Mary of Zion, or stashed somewhere on Canada’s infamous Oak Island.
Or perhaps the Ark is somewhere else, just waiting for the day when humanity discovers it once again. Wherever the Ark is, one thing remains certain — the hunt will continue.