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Archaeologists to Break Ground at Biblical Site Where Ark Stood

17th century painting of Ark of the Covenant (Photo: el paso del río Jordán con el Arca de la Alianza, Juan Montero de Rojas)

In the Holy Land, every step that's taken and every stone that's turned could very well reveal biblical history. Archaeologists have excavated much of the land of Israel, and very few spots remain unstudied. But The Times of Israel's Ilan Ben Zion reports on a new excavation that will focus on an overlooked site - a spot where the Bible says Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades:

One of the few remaining unstudied major biblical sites, where according to the Bible the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades, will be excavated by archaeologists this summer for the first time.

Organizers hope the anticipated study of Kiryat Ye’arim (also transliterated as Kiriath Jearim) will shed light on the site’s significance during the Iron Age, the period associated with the biblical account of King David.

Kiryat Ye’arim is mentioned over a dozen times in the Bible as a Judahite town situated near Jerusalem during the period of the judges and King David — the Iron Age, in archaeological terms...

According to the Book of Samuel, the Ark of the Covenant was stored at Kiryat Ye’arim for 20 years after it was returned to the Israelites by the Philistines, who had captured it in battle and to their dismay were smitten with disease. The text says the ark was stored “in the house of Avinadab in the hill” and tended by the priest Elazar before King David conveyed it to his capital in Jerusalem...

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