Tudor Parfitt Claims He Found The Lost Ark of the Covenant

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What happened to the Ark of The Covenant remains one of the biggest miseries of religion.

In his new book The Lost Ark of the Covenant: The Remarkable Quest for the Legendary Ark the author Tudor Parfitt claims that he knows exactly what happened to the Ark Of The Covenant on which the Ten Commandments were written.

Time Magazine writes that "Parfitt, 63, is a professor at the University of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies. His new book, The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark (HarperOne) along with a History Channel special scheduled for March 2 would appear to risk a fine academic reputation on what might be called a shaggy Ark story. But the professor has been right before, and his Ark fixation stems from his greatest coup. In the 1980s Parfitt lived with a Southern African clan called the Lemba, who claimed to be a lost tribe of Israel. Colleagues laughed at him for backing the claim; in 1999, a genetic marker specific to descendents of Judaism's Temple priests (cohens) was found to appear as frequently among the Lemba's priestly cast as in Jews named Cohen. The Lemba — and Parfitt — made global news."

In the synopsis of The Lost Ark of the Covenant: The Remarkable Quest for the Legendary Ark the book is described how professor Tudor Parfitt went through so many dangers in Africa to make his discovery and claims about the Ark Of The Covenant.

Professor Tudor Parfitt, a real-life British Indiana Jones, has made the biggest discovery of the last 3,000 years -- the secret location of the fabled Ark of the Covenant. In 2006, he made an incredible journey to its final resting place and in February 2008 he will reveal this to the world. This is the amazing story of his quest. This is the real-life account of Professor Tudor Parfitt's remarkable discovery -- of the lost Ark of the Covenant that disappeared from the Temple of Jerusalem centuries ago. The holiest object in the world, the Ark of the Old Testament contains the tablets of law sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholar, orientalist and adventurer, Parfitt embarked on an incredible journey to discover where the Ark is hidden, and when he reveals his discovery history books will be rewritten forever. Parfitt's quest took him on an incredible detective trail across the Middle East and Africa. His search led him to ancient documents and codes in Oxford and Jerusalem, and even to discoveries in modern genetic science, for clues to take him closer to the Ark. But some people didn't want the Ark to be found.In the wilder reaches of the Yemen he narrowly escaped being kidnapped by Islamist fugitives.

In Africa he was shot at, ambushed and arrested. Amongst crossing paths with a motley crowd of mystics, holy men, charlatans and politicians, he encountered a strange tribe in the mysterious lands of the Limpopo River who claimed that they knew the Ark's final resting place. When Parfitt finally set eyes on the Ark, it wasn't at all where he expected. His revelation of its whereabouts will cause an international story with an effect on Judaism, Islam and Christianity that may be the most controversial in history.


Submitted by Kobra (not verified) on
I would love to see this alleged "Ark" and study it :). It could provide evidence in favor or against the many religious scriptures.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
exciting book. just finished the audible version. fascinating! want to learn more.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just finished the book. What a disappointment. SPOLIER ALERT: Parfitt claims the Ark is really a drum that was also somehow loaded with primitive gun powder which caused it to explode and fume and ignite, scaring the hell out of people (e.g., Walls of Jericho, et al). He runs all over the world in a shaggy dog tale that winds up in a dusty museum in Zimbabwe looking at "ancient" fragments of an old "African" drum that he claims is THE Ark of the Covenant. Actually, he fudges seriously by showing that there were probably many "arks," and this one was built sometime in the late Middle Ages in the same design as the "original." God knows where the original is, of course. If this causes any stir whatsoever, people ought to have their heads examined. Better off sticking to the Indiana Jones version if you want entertainment. As with so many grail myths, this one simply peters out, alas and alack. Also, we are reminded that most historical events and personalities have grown serious whiskers over the centuries and need to be taken with considerable blocks of salt, especially those with religious implications.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I found this book fascinating in spite of several questionable suggestions. The DNA of the Lumba confirming their claim to be one of the lost tribes of Israel is particularly intriguing, but I was very disappointed that we were not informed of the results of the DNA testing in Papua-New Guinea. Also, where is South Aveyron?

Submitted by Sam (not verified) on
Just finished the book - couldn't put it down! Not sure what to make of end result though!

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