Ark of God
David Hatcher Childress Adventures Unlimited Press 2015 Pb, illus, bib, notes, $22.00, ISBN: 9780253024565
Although this title was first published in 2015, AUP is making it available again. It is, of course, a typical Childress book, with much retelling of other sources, scads of theorising, and very little in the way of scholarly depth. However, it is, de facto, one of the most useful surveys of a pretty obscure subject.
The true nature of the ancient Hebrew Ark and Tabernacle – in which Yahweh was said to reside during the wanderings of the Ark before the building of the first temple in Jerusalem – has been hotly debated over time with theories ranging from simply a sacred repository for pre-Jewish holy objects to the ‘ancient astronaut’ brigade claiming it was some kind of powerful energy generator.
Childress brings together these disparate sources, including the revival of interest in the Ark in modern movies, modern searches for historical remains of the Ark, and its place in the modern lore of supposed advanced technology in ancient times.