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Golden Poles

"I wrought upon its great carrying-poles, overlaid with fine gold"


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Shrine carried by priests on golden poles

Shrine carried by priests on golden poles

Mike, standing in front of the wall with the "Ark". 

Mike, standing in front of the wall with the "Ark". 

 

The shrine was with a roof, two columns, and an upper cornice of the roof; they were of gold in raised work, in real costly stone.

I made its august shrine like the horizon of Heaven, in thy barque in the midst of it, resting upon it.............I wrought upon its great carrying-poles, overlaid with fine gold, engraved with thy name. (Harris Papyrus Pl. 47, #315).

KJV Exodus 25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

KJV Exodus 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.

KJV Exodus 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

 

The similarities are startling and unique to the period if Ramesses III were indeed Shishak. One must ask why carrying poles which would slip and slide within the rings which enabled them to carry the "ark" = "shrine" would be covered in Gold. Surely it would quickly wear off the wood. Yet this unlikely construction is found both in the Biblical account of the manufacture of the Ark and in the Harris Papyrus, an Egyptian account of the years of Ramesses III.

In both cases the Ark=Shrine contained just one object. A plaque dedicated to the god of the Egyptian, and in the Biblical account, a broken plaque, the actual gift of GOD.

In the Cairo Museum are actual Egyptian plaques, some in Gold (Tutankhamun's shrine) some in other stones and in one museum case there is an actual foundation deposit plaque broken as we would envisage the "Ten Commandments" to be.

 

 



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