This is a 27 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Religion – Jewish History – The Ark of the Covenant. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides and to the presentation as you need to.
Judaism rejects physical manifestations of spirituality, preferring instead to focus on actions and beliefs. Worship of graven images is harshly condemned throughout the Torah, and perhaps the greatest sin the Israelite's collectively committed was the construction of the Golden Calf recorded in the Bible in (Exodus 32). There is one exception to this rule. One man-made object was/is considered intrinsically holy - the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark of the Covenant was constructed after the Exodus from Egypt during the Israelite's wanderings in the desert and used until the destruction of the First Temple. During that time, The Ark was the most important symbol of the Jewish faith, and served as the only physical manifestation of God on earth. The legends associated with this object; and the harsh penalties ascribed for anyone who misuses it, confirm the Ark's centrality to the Jewish faith of that period.
Hidden in the special golden box in the Ark were not treasures and precious gems, but rather 3 articles that represented some of the most embarrassing and disgraceful events in the history of the Israelite's; Manna, Aaron’s Staff and the 10 Commandments.
The Ark was used in the desert and in Israel proper for many spiritual and pragmatic purposes. God used the Ark as an indicator of when he wanted the nation to travel, and when to stop. When the Israelite's went to war in the desert and during the conquering of Canaan, the Ark accompanied them. It inspired them to believe that God was present with them and that He aided them in fighting. Spiritually, the Ark was the manifestation of God's physical presence on earth (the shekhina). Once the Ark was moved into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple, it was accessible only once a year, and then, only by the High Priest.
The Ark remained in the Temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonian empire, led by Nebuchadnezzar. No one knows where it is today except it there are a few location suggestions that re quite interesting.
The only remnant of the Ark in Jewish life today is the Holy Ark in which Torah scrolls are kept in synagogues. These Arks often are decorated with copies of the Tablets, reminiscent of the contents of the actual Ark of ancient times. The Ark itself plays no role in Jewish life today, but remains a potent symbol of the Jewish peoples' past, and of the messianic era many believe is waiting in the future.
The presentation covers the following:
Importance of the Ark
Command to Build the Ark
The Ark’s Construction
The Atonement Cover
Contents of the Box
10 Commandments (2)
Role of the Ark: Practical
Role of the Ark: Spiritual
The Ark’s Holiness
History of the Ark
Captured & Returned
The Ark Returned
The Ark’s Home
Where is The Ark Now?
The Ethiopian Claim
The Temple Mount Claim
The Ark Today
End of Presentation
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