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The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant
Sep 19, ISBN A compelling brew of mystery, crime, and science revealing the details behind the search for the lost Ark of the Covenant. The Lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the great historical mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is the legendary vessel holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Ark itself, however, mysteriously disappears from recorded history sometime after the building of the Temple of Solomon.
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Editorial Reviews. From Kirkus Reviews. English journalist Hancock retells the circumstances This book is brilliant, funny, raw and utterly magnificent ― it's a portal to a world you'll never want to leave." - Lev Grossman Learn more.
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Thank you! Hancock was in Ethiopia in , having been hired by the Ethiopian government to write and produce a coffee-table book extolling that country. He was greatly surprised when told that Ethiopia's Falasha Jews did not exist, and that many people could land in jail, or worse, if he went around photographing such nonexistents. Even so, off he went to Axum, deep in the desert, to see the temples and statuary of the Black Jews of Ethiopia. What he found was a sect that claimed to have the original Ark of the Covenant.
The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant is a book by British pseudoscience author Graham Hancock , in which the author describes his search for the Ark of the Covenant and proposes a theory of the ark's historical movements and current whereabouts. The book sold well but received negative reviews. Hancock proposes that the ark was removed from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem by temple priests during the reign of the evil King Manasseh of Judah around BC, and then it spent about years in a purpose-built temple in Elephantine , Egypt before it was removed around BC to Ethiopia via tributaries to the Nile River , where it was kept on the Jewish island of Tana Qirqos for about eight hundred more years as the centre of a strong Jewish community there, before it finally came into the hands of the young Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the 5th century, who took it to their capital of Axum , and it supposedly remains there until today in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. The Ethiopian Church believes that the Ark is indeed held today in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion , but as opposed to the book, they believe that it was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I , stolen from Solomon's Temple during the reign of King Solomon himself, some years earlier than the events proposed by the book. Hancock also claims that the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant may possibly be one and the same relic as a result of a comparative study of the great German epic Wolfram von Eschenbach 's Parzival , the Ethiopian national epic Kebra Nagast , and the iconography of Chartres Cathedral. Hancock also claims that the Knights Templar searched for the lost Ark of the Covenant, among other relics, at the site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in the 12th century.