Church Says it May Reveal the Aron Hakodesh to the World


aronAbuna Pauolos, the Ethiopian Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, was in Rome this week to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. While there, he told reporters that the time had come to reveal before the world the aron hakodesh that was in the Kodesh Hakodoshim of the Bais Hamikdosh. He said that the aron has been in the custody of his church for hundreds of years. Paulous said he would make the full announcement this Friday, June 26, 8 a.m. EST/3 p.m. IL, at a press conference in Rome.

The claim that the aron has been kept at the Church, in the city of Axum, is an old one, but this is the first time that the Church plans to actually reveal the actual aron, or news of it, according to Arutz Shevah. 

The news of the impending announcement was first reported by the Italian news agency Adnkronos. Pauolos told the news outlet, “Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that G-d delivered to Moses, and the center of searches and studies for centuries.”

Pauolos said “The Ark of the Covenant has been in Ethiopia for many centuries. As Patriarch, I have seen it with my own eyes, and only a few, highly-qualified persons could do the same – until now.”

Stuart Munro-Hay, author of “Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses,” has concluded that the object in question is definitely not the original aron, Arutz Shevah reports.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Israel}


  1. Color me verrrrry skeptical.

    Don’t forget, Rome didn’t carry the Aron away from Yerushalayim… it had already disappeared centuries earlier.

    The Wolf

  2. “As Patriarch, I have seen it with my own eyes, and only a few, highly-qualified persons could do the same – until now.”

    Impossible! Bube maysos! The real one is hidden! Tumadika eyes cannot see such Kedusha! The person would die on the spot!

    P.S. See “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for what happens.

  3. It is still in Eretz Yisroel.Rav Shimon Schwab OB”M went to the helige Chofetz Chaim on behalf of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Herman, OB”M re: the keilim of the Bais Hamikdosh.. see All for the Boss

  4. “Truth”, I don’t know about Raider’s, but the T’nakh says that the Philistines had it in their possession yet weren’t killed on the spot. There where, however, plagues but that was at a time when there were still open miracles.

    I suppose I’m on the skeptical side as well, but I suspect that he will present the world what they traditionally believe to be the aron, the only question will be whether there would be any way to date it without disrupting/destroying it (if they let any real examination occur).

  5. Who cares about a fake ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ Stephan Huller has an academic article coming up which proves that this:

    is the original Episcopal throne of Alexandria, mentioned in the Acts of Peter the Patriarch, Origen, Clement and other sources and dated to the first century.

    I read the book. I loved it but I want to know what everyone else thinks? I think its very important but I am not an expert.

    His blog with additional information is

    Maybe you can tell me if this for real.