Ark of the Covenant

Definition

The Ark of the Covenant refers to the box-like container that held the tablets of the Law received by Moses on Mount Sinai. Tradition claimed that it contained two stone tablets, carved by God, listing the first ten commandments given to Israel. The receipt of the tablets and the details of the construction of the Ark appear in the book of Exodus.

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  • 950 BCE
    Solomon builds the first Temple of Jerusalem.
  • 586 BCE
    Destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and exile of upper class Judeans.
  • 70 CE
    The city of Jerusalem is besieged and captured by Rome; the Second Temple destroyed.
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