Ark of the Covenant
Ark Ark ([aum]rk), n. [OE. ark, arke, arche, AS. arc, earc, earce, fr. L. arca, fr. arcere to inclose, keep off; akin to Gr. 'arkei^n to keep off.] 1. A chest, or coffer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Bearing that precious relic in an ark. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. (Jewish Hist.) The oblong chest of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, which supported the mercy seat with its golden cherubs, and occupied the most sacred place in the sanctuary. In it Moses placed the two tables of stone containing the ten commandments. Called also the {Ark of the Covenant}. [1913 Webster]

3. The large, chestlike vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved during the Deluge. --Gen. vi. Hence: Any place of refuge. [1913 Webster]

4. A large flatboat used on Western American rivers to transport produce to market. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ark of the Covenant — The Ark of the Covenant (). Rashi and some Midrashim suggest that there were two arks a temporary one made by Moses, and a later one made by Bezalel.Hertz 1936] The Biblical account relates that during the trip of the Israelites, the Ark was… …   Wikipedia

  • Ark of the Covenant — • A kind of chest, measuring two cubits and a half in length, a cubit and a half in breadth, and a cubit and a half in height Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ark of the Covenant     Ark of the Covenant …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • ARK OF THE COVENANT — (Heb. אֲרוֹן הַבְּרִית, אֲרוֹן הָעֲדוּת (aron ha berit, aron ha [i]ʿedut[/i]), the chest which stood in the Holy of Holies, and in which the tables of the covenant were kept. Designations The modifying phrases qualifying the word ark are numerous …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ark of the Covenant —    The Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Ark of the Testimony (Testament) and the Ark of the Lord (God), was considered the dwelling place of God by the Israelites. The Ark was a chest (approximately 28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 46… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • ark of the covenant — n. the chest containing the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, kept in the holiest part of the ancient Jewish Tabernacle: Ex. 25:10 …   English World dictionary

  • Ark of the Covenant — Ark of the Cov|e|nant n [singular] a box containing the laws of the Jewish religion that represented to the Jews the ↑presence of God …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ark of the covenant — ark′ of the cov′enant n. jud ark 2) …   From formal English to slang

  • Ark of the Covenant — (also Ark of the Testimony) noun the wooden chest which contained the tablets of the laws of the ancient Israelites …   English new terms dictionary

  • ark of the covenant — ark (def. 2). * * * In Judaism and Christianity, the ornate, gold plated wooden chest that in biblical times housed the two tablets of the Law given to Moses by God. The Levites carried the Ark during the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness.… …   Universalium

  • Ark Of The Covenant —    A chest of shittim wood (Acacia) 2 1/2 cubits long, 1 1/2 cubits wide and 1 1/2 cubits high. It is overlaid, inside and out, with gold and decorated with the mercy seat and golden cherubs. It contains the two stone tablets that the Ten… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

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