Aksum, Ethiopia claims to be the home of the Ark of the Covenant mentioned in the Bible. It is housed in a small chapel called the Chapel of the Tablet. The chapel, designed by the late Emperor Hailie Selassie, has sprung a leak in its roof and the water damage makes it necessary to move the Ark to a new home.
Legend says that Menelik I took the Ark to Ethiopia with the blessing of his father, King Solomon of Israel and a replica was left at the temple in Jerusalem. However, scripture does not support the idea that Menelik I was the son of King Solomon and the Levites, assigned as stewards of the temple treasures, would never allow the Ark out of their sight at the time Solomon reigned, not to mention the fact Solomon himself would never allow such a thing.
The Ethiopian Ark, which I’m pretty sure is simply a replica of the original, will be moved to a new temporary building while the Chapel of the Tablet is repaired. It has been housed in the Chapel since 1960 after having been previously kept in the St. Mary of Zion Church a few yards away. If the Ark had been in existence after the Babylonian captivity, it would have been in the second temple in Jerusalem once the returning Israelites completed that second temple, but the Ark never was there, according to the scriptures. The Ethiopians’ claim that they have the true Ark is simply not true.
Source: Rick Dewsbury. Ark of Covenant to be revealed after leaking roof in Ethiopian chapel. Daily Mail-UK. Monday, December 5, 2011.
posted by Harry A. Gaylord