What’s inside The Golden Ark?
The Golden Ark: A Pictorial History
By Roger Isaacs
Roger D. Isaacs wrote this graphic book with one goal in mind: to explain the actual purpose of the ark.
Why devote an entire pictorial volume to this subject? Because this relatively simple, gold covered box has been the subject of awe, fear, study, research, philosophies, beliefs, wars, books, films, and endless, seemingly unanswerable questions. The ark of the testimony, also called the ark of the covenant, has been a promulgator of ageless laws, rendering it, for millennia, one of history’s most significant artifacts.
There have been many theories as to the ark’s use, running from the “ridiculous to the sublime.” However, there is only one that is correct. That is the carefully worded, scientfically based explanation given in the Old Testament itself.
Three verses in particular frame this discussion:
1) The Bible says that the ark is a device for communication.
“I will meet with you there [at the tent of meeting] and I will speak with you from above the covering, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, all that I command you for the Israelites.”
2) The Bible reports that mishandling the ark was lethal, not that God sporadically, angrily, irrationally, and indiscriminately struck people dead.
The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron, your brother that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the covering which is on the ark that he does not die, because in the cloud I will appear on the covering.”
3) At least one of the prophets predicts that the ark would fall into disuse.
“And it will come to pass when you are multiplied and increased in the land … ,” says the Lord, “they shall say no more, ‘the ark of the covenant of the Lord,’ neither will it come to mind, nor will they make mention of it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made any more.”
As the ark fell into disuse and its operation and purpose faded from memory, it left Bible readers and scholars fumbling to reassemble the facts centuries later. Thus, Isaacs’ 50 years studying the text and related words from 17 neighboring languages in search of original meanings to replace the badly botched translations. His book, Talking With God, lays out—in more than 500 pages—this etymological theory about the ark.
This little book cuts to the chase.