I won’t lie. My knowledge of The Bible is not great. But as far as I understand it, this is basically how it went down.
About 3,000 years ago, God spoke to Moses via a burning bush and told him about some things. Later, while Moses was on a mountain (I think?), God came down to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, which were basically the rules for life. Then, Moses etched these into a stone and stored it in a gold chest. I think that’s about right.
Well, a group of experts in the US has been looking for that gold chest, which is better known as the Ark of the Covenant. More specifically, they’ve been looking for the place that it was stored, known as the tabernacle. Some brief in-depth research tells me the tabernacle was where God lived when he came to Earth. Wait, what? I did not know that.
Anyway, so this tabernacle has supposedly gone undiscovered for quite a while. But these experts from the Associates for Biblical Research, which is a “Christian apologetics ministry” that attempts to prove the historical accuracy of The Bible, went out to try and find it.
They traveled to Shiloh in Israel, which I guess is where it’s supposed to be located? I don’t know. Anyway, so out they went for some excavations from May 21 to June 17 at the location of an apparently ancient city. Dig dig dig.
“We have just begun the process of accumulating evidence but we’re confident that the tabernacle rested at Shiloh,” Dr Scott Stripling, the director of excavations at Shiloh, told Fox News. “The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh in 1400 B.C. – Joshua 18:1 mentions it.” I guess that settles it then.
What have they found so far? Well, you may or may not be surprised to hear they’ve found nothing but animal bones. Dr Stripling believes these may be related to animal sacrifices.
To find out, they’ve sent them to the ABR’s resident zoo archaeologist. If the bones match those of animals mentioned in the Bible then, bingo, maybe the tabernacle is nearby.
They also found some other items including beetle-shaped carvings, tools, weapons, and loads of pottery. I guess that could be expected when excavating any ancient city, really.
Anyway, so the Ark remains undiscovered for now. Maybe it’ll turn up in the future. Maybe not.