The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses

The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses

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By (author) Stuart Munro-Hay

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845112482
  • ISBN 13: 9781845112486
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 12 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 815,966

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In a chapel in the old crenellated church of Mary of Zion in Aksum, Ethiopia is kept an object that emperors, patriarchs and priests have assured the world is the most important religious relic of all time: the tabota Seyon, Ark of the Covenant, the Ark of Zion. This Ark is alleged to be no other than the Ark that Moses had constructed at Sinai and which destroyed the walls of Jericho. It was brought into Jerusalem by King David and installed in a magnificent temple by King Solomon. Then, the story goes, it came to Ethiopia of its own choice with the half-Ethiopian, half-Jewish son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Are the legends true? Or is this story a monumental deception? Is there any real proof or is it the faith of a people alone that has created this Ark? From ancient texts to local stories, from the Bible to the writings of sixteenth and seventeenth century Jesuits, Stuart Munro-Hay traces the extraordinary legend of Ethiopia's Ark in what is a triumph of historical detective work. Munro-Hay scrutinises every mention of the Ark in Ethiopian records and tests every theory before he reaches his shocking conclusion. "The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant" promises to settle the mystery of the Ark of the Covenant for once and for all.

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STUART MUNRO-HAY The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant is the last work of Stuart Munro-Hay who died in 2004. Recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on the history and culture of Ethiopia, his other books include Ethiopia, The Unknown Land (also by I.B.Tauris).

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Nobody is better qualified to consider these points than Munro-Hay... The subject is fascinating...and the setting as exotic as could be asked for.This book is to be commended to anyone interested in Ethiopia, biblical history or the process of scholarly investigation. Philip Ziegler The Spectator Acting as something of a modern-day Indiana Jones...Munro-Hay offers a charming glimpse into the Ethiopian side of this story. Publishers Weekly Munro-Hay is to be congratulated in producing a well-disciplined piece of deeply researched scholarship. Sean A. Kingsley Minevera (The International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology) Stuart Munro-Hay triumphantly unravels the strands of the legend of the Ark of the Covenant. This is a detective story, and provides an authentic and scholarly solution to a puzzle after a series of amateur sleuths have seriously muddied the waters. Patrick Gilkes, author of A Modern History of Ethiopia