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Mysteries of the Ark's Journey Revealed as Excavation Begins at Site of the Ark of the Covenant

Abra Forman : Feb 13, 2017 : Breaking Israel News

"It's a large, central site in the Jerusalem hills that hasn't been studied until now. It may be the only key site in Judah that hasn't undergone a systematic archaeological excavation." -Israel Finkelstein

(Israel)—[Breaking Israel News] This summer, archaeologists will begin the first-ever excavation of the major Biblical site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades before King David conveyed it to Jerusalem. (Illustration via BIN)

The site, known in Hebrew as Kiryat Ye'arim and often transliterated at Kiriath Jearim, is mentioned over a dozen times in the Bible as a Judean town near Jerusalem during the period of Biblical history associated with the judges and King David. Today, it remains one of the last such Biblical landmarks unstudied. The Book of Samuel tells of the moving of the Ark from Beit Shemesh to Kiryat Ye'arim after it was returned to the Israelites by the Philistines, who were stricken with disease in punishment for having stolen the sacred Ark in battle. There, the Ark resided for twenty years as the people of Israel began to turn from idol worship back to God.

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