The Sign and the Seal : The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant
The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant is a book by British pseudoscience author Graham Hancock , in which the author describes his search for the Ark of the Covenant and proposes a theory of the ark's historical movements and current whereabouts. The book sold well but received negative reviews. Hancock proposes that the ark was removed from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem by temple priests during the reign of the evil King Manasseh of Judah around BC, and then it spent about years in a purpose-built temple in Elephantine , Egypt before it was removed around BC to Ethiopia via tributaries to the Nile River , where it was kept on the Jewish island of Tana Qirqos for about eight hundred more years as the centre of a strong Jewish community there, before it finally came into the hands of the young Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the 5th century, who took it to their capital of Axum , and it supposedly remains there until today in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. The Ethiopian Church believes that the Ark is indeed held today in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion , but as opposed to the book, they believe that it was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I , stolen from Solomon's Temple during the reign of King Solomon himself, some years earlier than the events proposed by the book. Hancock also claims that the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant may possibly be one and the same relic as a result of a comparative study of the great German epic Wolfram von Eschenbach 's Parzival , the Ethiopian national epic Kebra Nagast , and the iconography of Chartres Cathedral.
In at Chartres Cathedral, France, he is drawn to a small, seemingly insignificant carving which mysteriously hints that the tale he heard in Ethiopia may be true — that that may, in fact, be the last resting place of the Ark …. The man is Graham Hancock — and the story of his quest to discover the truth behind the legends is the breathtaking real life adventure of The Sign and The Seal. Following obscure clues found within ancient stories and Biblical tales, through the occult knowledge gleaned from the coded Grail epic of Wolfram Von Eschenbach, and the obscure and secretive workings of the enigmatic Knights Templar, Graham traces the Ark from its source in ancient Egypt, to Jerusalem, and from there to its final resting place in Africa. This is a tale worthy of Indiana Jones himself! A real modern day quest set against the lost knowledge of the ancient world and the political intrigues of the contemporary one. Here is the first inkling that the technology of ancient Egypt, that produced the Ark, was something mysterious and powerful — a legacy, perhaps of something older and forgotten — here is the seeds that would flower in Fingerprints of the Gods.
The book that shatters the greatest secret of the last years. A Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant. The obsession is well worth sharing. The excitment is nail biting. Graham Hancock.
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The story of his search and the excursions into Ethiopian history are well worth the price of admission. Hancock served as East African correspondent for the Economist and spent some considerable time in Ethiopia. While there, at the invitation of the government then in power, he had produced a coffee-table book about Ethiopia Unfortunately, that government was overthrown and the rebels controlled much of the territory that Hancock needed to explore in the course of his search. His connection with the former leaders created a number of barriers, and he had substantial concerns about his safety. The political situation in Ethiopia supplies a backdrop for his story.