Friday, March 07, 2008

Professor finds Ark of Covenant is a drum?

Sigh. What's with people this week that are just bugging me? Tudor Parfitt, a professor of modern Jewish studies at the University of London's School of African and Oriental Studies, says he's found the Ark of the Covenant sitting in a warehouse in Zimbabwe. But even he doubts it's the real thing. Can this story get any more confusing? Sure.

"According to the Book of Exodus, the Ark of the Covenant -- a gold-covered container carried on poles, topped with two golden cherubim facing each other -- was crafted on orders from God given to Moses at Mount Sinai.

Parfitt, however, thinks it is unlikely a group of ex-slaves wandering in the desert had the means to create an object so elaborate. That's why the piece he found, a carved wooden drum, seems more likely, he said."

So the ex-slaves of Pharaoh weren't skilled enough for God? The same people who were forced to carve in stone, work intricate metalworks such as gold and silver and carve wood in fine workmanship?

Then it gets nuttier... " ...Parfitt hopes the discovery will end some of the tension between Jews and Muslims...". Are you friggin kidding me? They can't even exist near each other without killing everyone but you think that this chunk of ancient drum is going to solve all their problems?! If this thing is ever found all it will do is create mass flocking of people from every corner of the Earth to come pray to it. Look what happens when an image of the Virgin Mary appears on toast. And there will be wars over who gets to keep it. The Catholics will want to claim it because they think they deserve it and the Jews will want it because it's their right to have it.

I personally hope we NEVER find it. Nothing good can come of it.