ISRAELI tourist authorities have restored the biblical Ark of the Covenant to the city of Jerusalem after the historical relic was brought to the country by a Philippine visitor who came on annual pilgrimage.
Regarded as one of the most sacred symbols of Judeo-Christianity, the Ark of the Covenant is claimed to have all sorts of mythical powers. It is said to have been so potent that any army that faced it was automatically defeated when it came up against Israel’s forces when they marched into Canaan.
Missing for centuries, the location of the Ark has been the subject of a lot of speculation, with different objects in places like Ethiopia and Zimbabwe being fingered as the historical relic. This latest model is decorated with angels and coated in the colour gold, reminiscent of the Ark of the Covenant that existed in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during the First Temple period.
According to the Philippine pilgrim who brought the Ark to Jerusalem, it will stay in the country in one of the churches in the Old City. She added that she brought the model as part of a pilgrimage journey to the Holy Land and that she intends to leave it in one of the churches in the Old City.
Police officers that were deployed near the Old City when she placed it there, were asked to clarify the meaning of the pilgrims’ special item. Visitors and pilgrims have been queuing up to take a look at the relic.