A-Z: General definitions: Ark of the Covenant


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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Big ideas: Journey of faith, Exodus, pilgrims and sojourners; Temple, tabernacle

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