A-Z: General definitions: Ark


1. Large ship built by Noah at the instruction of God (Genesis 7:1-4). Genesis describes Noah building an ark at God's command so that he, his family, and pairs of every living creature, would be saved from the flood which represented God's judgement on sinful humankind. 2. Portable wooden box overlaid with gold which contained the Tablets of the Law and symbolised the presence of God with the people of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:9). The Ark was kept first in the Tabernacle (tent) which the Israelites carried with them on their journey through the wilderness, and later in the holiest part of the Temple (1 Kings 8:1-9).

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