>Queen of Sheba’s Palace Discovered in Ethiopia

>The latest news about the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant:

A team of archaeologists from the University of Hamburg said they discovered the Queen of Sheba’s palace and an altar that may have once held the Ark of the Covenant in Axum, Ethiopia.

A Christian king built a new palace over the 10th-century B.C. structure, which probably didn’t survive for very long, the university said in a statement. The altar, oriented toward the star Sirius, has two columns and may have been where the Ark of the Covenant, the holiest treasure of early Judaism, was kept until the first temple was built in Axum, the researchers said.

This is another attempt at proving that the Ark of the Covenant was taken to Ethiopia. Other attempts at finding the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia have failed and this one will also fail. It is doubtful that the Ark of the Covenant was taken to Ethiopia.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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2 Responses to >Queen of Sheba’s Palace Discovered in Ethiopia

  1. Duane Smith says:

    >This crazy thing just will not go away. I wonder if Helmut Ziegert actually thinks the “altar, oriented toward the star Sirius, has two columns” which he excavated has anything to do with the Ark of the Covenant. I doubt very much he would think anything like this. But I do worry that he may smile and nod when it comes up because this story has a very long life in Ethiopia and Ziegert wants to continue his excavations there. I shouldn’t be trying to read the mind of an archaeologist but if you read the article with care, as I think you did, the idea that this alter has anything to do with the Ark is never put directly on Ziegert’s lips. I’ve been trying to find the “statement” that is referred to but so far no luck. I can’t find anything of the Universität Hamburg site. I’ll let you know if I find anything.

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  2. >Duane,All these stories about the Ark of the Covenant being in Ethiopia are just based on legends and traditions. This is the reason the story never goes away. Maybe if an archaeologist want to open doors for excavation and research in Ethiopia it is better to go along with the myth.Let me know if you find anything else about this story.Claude Mariottini

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