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Is the Ark of the Covenant buried under the Temple Mount?

16th century painting depicting King David leading the procession taking the Ark of the Covenant to be installed in David’s Tabernacle in Jerusalem
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One of the major Old Testament mysteries surrounds the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant that took place after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC.

Several passages list all the items that Nebuchadnezzar hauled out of the Jewish Temple, and none include any mention of the Ark of the Covenant, arguably the most important piece of furniture in the Temple (2 Kings 25:13-16).

Many believe this omission reveals that before Jerusalem fell, the priests had managed to hide the Ark of the Covenant.

But where did they hide it?

Some believe the Ark might be hidden somewhere under the Temple Mount, which contains dozens of caves and labyrinths.

Its location has since been lost because Nebuchadnezzar ordered the Jewish priests (including the High Priest) to be taken into captivity, where they were eventually executed (2 Kings 25:18-21).

If they had hidden the ark, its location was gone with them.

But Harry Moskoff, a researcher and author, states that he may have found the secret location of the Ark of the Covenant underneath the Temple Mount, CBN reports.

Moskoff reports finding a massive 570-ton rock, and sonar tests conducted by the University of Nevada, revealed that there is some type of cave behind this large rock.

Moskoff believes that this rock was put in place to protect whatever was stored inside that cave or opening. He suggests there is only one item worthy of that type of protection, the Ark of the Covenant.

READ: ‘Incredibly Significant’: One Man’s Quest for the Ark of the Covenant Takes Him Beneath the Temple Mount

There are several theories on who may have stolen and or hidden the Ark of the Covenant. I discuss a few of them in the podcast below:

24 | The mysterious disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant

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