What Happened To The Stone Tablets Of The Ten Commandments?
Were the original Tablets of Stone kept as pieces? What is the history and possible location of The Stone Tablets? What type of stone were they exactly made of?
They were kept in the Ark of the Covenant, which disappeared with the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in the 6th century B.C. With the exception of a few latter-day conspiracy theories, the assumption is the gold on the Ark was melted down by the invaders. The tablets were probably smashed to smithereens before the Ark, or perhaps only its golden fittings, was hauled off to Babylon.
One survival rumor from the first century B.C., however, is a bit more credible than the rest. The priests were reported then to have carried it to Mount Nebo for concealment in a cave. No one has ever reported having found it, though, and those caves have been crawling with explorers for decades now. It's not likely to be there.
Both the first broken set and the unbroken second set were stored in "the Arc of the Covenant". The arc was supposed to be either in Ethiopia or as some believe and think, that it may be in a cave or on an island, called Oak Island, off Nova Scotia. It is also referred to as the "Money Pit". Some say it is on a dusty shelf in a museum in Zimbabwe.There are many rumors and the arc was supposed to have been moved by many in the past, from its original site in the temple built by King Solomon, and later including rumors that the Nazis were involved. One archaeologist who has later died, said that it was discovered under the site of the cross of Christ in old Jerusalem and still in tact. There have been no verifications as to what is authentic, or of the true Arc of the Covenant's location. It was said to be moved by The Knights Templar into France in 1128 A.D. from its site in Jerusalem. Much a mystery still.
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