Ark of the Covenant

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Ark of the Covenant

n. Bible
See ark.



1. (sometimes cap.) the vessel built by Noah for safety during the Flood. Gen. 6–9.
2. Also called ark of the covenant. a sacred chest containing two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, kept in the Biblical tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem.
3. a refuge or asylum.
4. (cap.) Judaism. Holy Ark.
5. a large, clumsy vehicle or vessel.
[before 850; Middle English; Old English arc, earc(e) < Latin arca chest, coffer, derivative of arcēre to safeguard]


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Noun1.ark of the covenant - (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten CommandmentsArk of the Covenant - (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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iota][lambda][alpha][sigma][tau][eta][rho][iota]ov ("mercy sear" or "cover'' of the ark of the covenant which received the blood offerings during the annual rite for the atonement of sins) is translated by the New Revised Standard Version as "sacrifice of atonement" (Rom 3:25).
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