Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Ark of the Covenant

Sometimes I wonder how WorldNetDaily comes up with these things. Today they are reporting about "a modern-day explorer and teacher and the true inspiration for the Indiana Jones series" who has inferred the location of the lost Ark of the Covenant.

Yeah, right. One of the details in the report that gives that game away is:
Now Jones is convinced that with the help of ancient documents found in Qumran, he has pinpointed the location of the Ark.
Whether the contents of the Dead Sea Scrolls truly contain new information about the Ark is a question for archeologists, but on skeptical grounds alone one can doubt whether a community founded in the Late Second Temple Period could possibly have any information about an artifact that had disappeared nearly 500 years earlier. Of course, dropping the names of mysterious ancient locations is also a great way of adding an ersatz authenticity to one's fables.


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