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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A golden chest that contains the covenant tablets. It served both a practical and a symbolic purpose, and was instrumental in both rituals and miracles. The Israelites believed the ark of the covenant was symbolically Yahweh’s throne—representing His very presence on earth.The Hebrew word for “ark” (ארון‎, 'rwn) designates a chest or coffin. However, the Bible makes a clear designation between the ark of the covenant and a common chest. While the most common name for the ark is “ark of the covenant,” it is also referred to as “the ark of God,” “the ark of might,” “the holy ark,” and “the ark of testimony” (or simply “the testimony”).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ark of the Covenant, Critical Issues
Ark of the Covenant (אֲרוֹן בְּרִית‎, aron berith). A golden chest that contains the covenant tablets. It served both a practical and a symbolic purpose, and was instrumental in both rituals and miracles. The Israelites believed the ark of the covenant was symbolically Yahweh’s throne—representing His
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant. Most important piece of furniture in the wilderness tabernacle (tent-sanctuary) that God instructed Moses to build (Ex 25:10–22). The Hebrew word for ark can also mean “chest” (2 Kgs 12:9, 10) or “coffin” (Gn 50:26), but it is not the same word used for Noah’s ark. The ark that Moses
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant [Heb. ’ārôn habberîṯ]. A portable chest of acacia wood containing various articles and serving as the meeting place of Yahweh with Israel. I. Biblical DataA. PentateuchB. Historical BooksC. Prophetic and Poetic BooksD. New Testament II. Form of the Ark III. Contents
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ark of the Covenant
ARK OF THE COVENANT Most important piece of furniture in the wilderness tabernacle (tent-sanctuary) that God instructed Moses to build (Ex 25:10–22). The Hebrew word for ark can also mean “chest” (2 Kgs 12:9–10) or “coffin” (Gn 50:26), but it is not the same word used for Noah’s ark. The ark that Moses
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ark of the Covenant, Ark of God
ark of the covenant, ark of God, a sacred container of indeterminate size. It is most often called the “ark of the covenant” in passages throughout Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, a terminology thought to reflect typical Deuteronomic language. The alternative term
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ark of the Covenant
ARK OF THE COVENANT. This was a chest made of acacia wood, about four feet long, two and a half feet wide, and two and a half feet high. It was overlaid with gold inside and out (Ex 25:11) and a ring of gold at each corner or foot through which poles were passed to carry it. The lid of the ark, the kappōreth
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ark of the Covenant
ARK OF THE COVENANT. Called also ‘ark of the Lord’, ‘ark of God’, ‘ark of the covenant of the Lord’ (Dt. 10:8) and ‘ark of the testimony’ (ēḏûṯ = covenant-terms: *Witness). The ark was a rectangular box (’ārôn) made of acacia wood, and measured 2½ x 1½ x 1½ cubits (i.e. c. ×½ x 2½ feet or c. 1.22
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the CovenantThe chest of acacia wood that contained the two tablets of the Ten Commandments and, according to the NT (Heb. 9:4), Aaron’s budding rod (Num. 17:1–11 [MT 16–26]) and a golden urn filled with manna (Exod. 16:33–34); also called “the ark of God,” “the ark of the Lord,” and “the ark
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant (Heb. ˒ārôn habberîṯ). A portable chest (cf. “coffin,” Gen. 50:26; “chest,” 2 Kgs. 12:9–10) to be kept in the tabernacle, and later in the temple of Solomon. The ark contained various cultic articles and served as the meetingplace of the Lord and Israel. Other names for the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ark of the Covenant
ARK OF THE COVENANT A chest, two and a half cubits (3.75 feet, 1.1 meters) in length and one and one half cubits (1.5 feet, 0.5 meter) in height and width, that contained the two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed (Exod 25:10–16). (See also cubit.) It was made of acacia wood and
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant. The first piece of the tabernacle’s furniture, for which precise directions were delivered. Ex. 25. I. Description.—It appears to have been an oblong chest of shittim (acacia) wood, 2½ cubits long by 1½ broad and deep. Within and without gold was overlaid on the wood, and on the