Posted by: davidlarkin | January 3, 2011

Psalm 68 and Indiana Jones

One of today’s psalms in the Book of Common Prayer daily lectionary is Psalm 68, a psalm of David, which begins:

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away;
as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.

I was reminded of the fate of the Nazis in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the salvation of the righteous who kept their eyes shut.

If the Ark of the Covenant exists today, it would be an very old wooden box, the symbolic and decorative gold and valuables long since stolen. In his book I read when it was published in 2008, The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark, Tudor Parfitt, a British Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, claims to have found the Ark in Africa, and it is an old wooden box. He has pictures! Some scholars are skeptical, of course. Here is a 2008 article from Time Magazine about Parfitt’s claim.

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