Ark of God

David Hatcher Chil­dress Ad­ven­tures Un­lim­ited Press 2015 Pb, il­lus, bib, notes, $22.00, ISBN: 9780253024565

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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.

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