Discovered in the Antechamber
Of the tomb of TUT-ankh-amun

The LORD said to Moses

Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold;
two cubits and a half shall be its length,

and a cubit and a half its breadth.*
And you shall make two cherubim of gold;
of hammered work shall you make them,
on the two ends of the mercy seat.

Make one cherub on the one end,
and one cherub on the other end;
of one piece with the mercy seat shall you
make the cherubim on its two ends...

And you shall put the mercy seat
on the top of the ark;

and in the ark you shall put
the testimony that I shall give you.


The Table of the Tabernacle


[An "ark" is a ship, so that the actual original "ark" of the covenant
is the ship under the mercy seat, together with the table beneath it,
originally containing the tablets of Moses and the Ten Commandments.
The "ark" of legend carried into battle is the "table" with Anubis on it
later containing the two ivory tablets of Moses found in King Tut's tomb.
(They are blank - so they were never redone after initial destruction.)

"And you shall make a table of acacia wood; two cubits
shall be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half
its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold, and make a
molding of gold around it. And you shall make around
it a frame a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold
around the frame."

"And you shall make for it four rings of gold,
and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs.
Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the
poles to carry the table."

"You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay
them with gold. and the table shall be carried with these.
And you shall make its plates aud dishes for incense,
and its flagons and bowls with which to pour libations:
of pure gold you shall make them. And you shall set the
bread of the Presence on the table before me always."


The "Biblical cubit" reported in making the Ark,
the Tabernacle and its furnishings was only HALF
of the royal Pharaonic cubit of about 21 inches:
so an error in Biblical translation or historical transfer
has occurred, confusing the cubit with the term
for half-a-cubit (a span).

When half-a-cubit is used, most of the measurements fit.
For example, The Mercy Seat is about 65-70 cm, or
26-28 inches long (it depends on whether you measure
above or below). Since the Bible reports the Mercy Seat
to be 2 1/2 "cubits" long this fits to a (half-a-) cubit,
i.e. a
span of about 10 - 11 inches. That measures

were confused in Bible translation has been noted by others.

Pictures of the Tabernacle start after the next Page.

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The Ark of the Covenant
by Andis Kaulins

All Graphics are from the Treasure of the Tomb of Tut-ankh-amun
Which was the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant
as found by Howard Carter,
the hiding of which is described in the