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Scholars Ark of the Covenant claims spark African storm – Solomons Temple

Scholar’s Ark of the Covenant claims spark African storm Tudor Parfitt claims 700-year-old bowl-shaped relic is a copy of the sacred object made by one of Israel’s lost tribes that may have wound up in Southern Africa.

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Tudor Parfitt has spent years chasing a theory that a lost tribe of Jews wound up in Southern Africa. But his latest leap has landed him in a minefield.

The subject at hand is this British scholar’s contention that the remains of a 700-year-old bowl-shaped relic which he tracked down in a Zimbabwe museum storeroom in 2007 could be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant that carried the Ten Commandments.

According to African legend, white lions of God and a two-headed snake guarded the “drum that thunders” in a cave in southwestern Zimbabwe’s sacred Dumbwe mountains. Parfitt’s theory has sparked fierce reactions from some Zimbabwean scholars, who suspect a plot to superimpose foreign origins on what is purely a product of African culture.

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