Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Ark of the Covenant and the Manna Machine

Last week I posted on a piece of obscure news that claimed that the Ark of the Covenant had been discovered in Greece. Apparently it was located in Alexander the Great's tomb. I posted this because I had more than a few doubts about the claim and figured the story would either fade away or be revealed as another case of fake archaeology.

I had no idea that such a short post would be so popular and attract so many silly comments. The post has had over 7,000 visitors and growing.

It seems the post was picked up by a couple of "prophecy" web sites that are excited about the ark's discovery since, according to their eschatology, this means that the third temple will be built and the end of the world can start. I had no idea that anyone was that interested.

Well I was wrong. One of my students sent me a youtube link to a History Channel story on the Ark of the Covenant in which the guests claim that the Ark was used by Israel to carry a manna machine. This machine was given to the Israelites to help them survive their 40 year journey in the wilderness. Below is the 10 minute clip from the show. I am not sure how anyone on history channel kept a straight face while producing it.





If you thought the manna machine was "interesting" check out this other clip on the "money pit." This time the same characters in the above clip claim that the ark was probably hidden in a pit on an island off of Canada. Of course the Knight's Templar are involved. Enjoy!




11 comments:

  1. We need a Biblical Studies scholar with crazy hair so we can compete with Tsoukalos. Apparently, just having crazy hair is good enough to make you an expert on things.

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    1. I love Giorgio Tsoukalos. I argue with him constantly and, as a mother of two adult males, I find myself wanting to comb his hair all the time, but, God love him, he tries.

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  2. Tom,

    So true. I wonder what the professor of Jewish studies shown at the beginning of the clip thinks about all this. I wonder if he knew what he was getting involved with.

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  3. What is really ridiculous about this is that everyone with average or above intelligence KNOWS that manna was really what we call in the modern day vernacular, MARSHMALLOWS. Recent discoveries are uncovering the fact that David, as a boy, did not actually use stones in his sling to slay Goliath; he found a stored cache of marshmallows/manna that had hardened to the point of being dangerous in the proper hands. Other recent discoveries point out that the use of manna later failed to prosper because the product had to be registered with civil authorities as a "dangerous weapon."

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  4. Jim,

    Are you working for the history channel now? LOL

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  5. How do you explain the recent findings on the Le Grand K? Weight reduction related to the expansion of the universe. Matter can neither be destroyed nor created, it just changes form, but the carbon is still there. The Le Grand K is made of two uncommon heavy metals, that do not degrade over measurable time. However, it's losing weight.

    I do not disregard your beliefs, I cannot say that my beliefs are fact, no matter how logical, because facts seem to change as history goes along, and we learn more about ourselves and our world. I would however be very interested to hear what your beliefs are regarding the creation of not our own planet, but of the space outside our environmental bubble.

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  6. Oy! Does the History channel now give a psychological test to exclude anyone who has the full use of their logical faculties? Don't you wish there was some way to sue them for their abuse of the term "history" in their channel name?

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  7. The fact that we keep relearning things throughout history just points to the fact that they aren't facts just what we think know at the time with our average or above intelligence. Marshmallows! tsk..tsk

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  8. I think most Christian franchises are as guilty of cobbling together timelines and beliefs anyone who is being accused above. Having engaged in Christian studies for most of my early life, gone to theology school...frankly, it was clear to me that there were (after studying original texts, language and the cultures and events described) things in history (even somewhat described in a cobbled-together work like the Bible) that people simply were not ready to look at. While there are some obvious questions about the 'mannah machine', there are some questions along the 'ancient alien' discussions that most Christians are simply not prepared to ask and answer.

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    1. Unknown,
      You've certainly piqued my curiosity. To what questions do you refer? Would you mind providing some examples? Many thanks in advance!
      Very Intrigued,
      Chelle

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