Could the Ark of the Covenant have rested on this stone in Beit Shemesh? Dr. Zvi Lederman
Bible-era Temple Found Near Jerusalem May Be Linked to Ark of the Covenant
Unusual slab uncovered in 3,100-year-old Beth Shemesh temple recalls biblical ‘large stone’ on which the ark once rested, suggesting kernels of history in the Bible are much older than thought
By Ariel David Dec 17, 2019
Archaeologists excavating a 3,100-year-old temple in the ancient settlement of Beth Shemesh, near Jerusalem, have uncovered an unusual stone table that eerily recalls one described in the Bible as playing a role in the story of the Ark of the Covenant.
The find could be interpreted many ways, but one possibility is that the site is linked to the biblical narrative of the fabled ark, which is traditionally believed to have contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments received by Moses on Mount Sinai.
“This would be a rare case in which we can merge the biblical narrative with an archaeological find,” says Dr. Zvi Lederman, a Tel Aviv University archaeologist who leads the Beth Shemesh dig together with his colleague, Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz.
If their hypothesis is correct – that this unusual stone table is connected to the biblical story of the ark – the find would be evidence that the Bible contains kernels of historical truths from much earlier periods than most experts previously thought.