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The Ark of the Covenant

(Hebrew ARON)

The Ark was placed in the First Temple, but by the time of the Second Temple its location was unknown or disputed. Christians see the Ark as a symbol of the Virgin Theotokos. In Ethiopia, the Ark holds an especially important place in liturgical worship, and a "tabot" or symbolic replica of the Ark is found in every Ethiopian temple. (However, a tabot does not look like the Biblical Ark: it is a flat slab of wood or sometimes stone, which is used as an antimension.)

Norman Hugh Redington

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