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The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant: The Discovery of the Treasure of Solomon [Paperback]

Graham Phillips
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22 Oct 2004
According to legend the Ark of the Covenant was an ornate golden chest that was both a means of communicating with God and a terrible weapon used against the enemies of the ancient Israelites. In order to use it the high priest had to wear a breastplate containing twelve sacred gemstones called the Stones of Fire. These objects were kept in the Great Temple of Jerusalem until they vanished following the Babylonian invasion in 597 B.C.E. At the ancient ruins of Petra in southern Jordan, Graham Phillips uncovered evidence that 13th-century Templars found the Ark and the Stones of Fire, and that they brought these treasures back to central England when they fled the persecution of French king Philip the Fair a century later. The author followed ciphered messages left by the Templars in church paintings, inscriptions, and stained glass windows to what may well be three of the Stones of Fire. When examined by Oxford University scientists these stones were found to possess odd physical properties that interfered with electronic equipment and produced a sphere of floating light similar to ball lightning. The Bible asserts that the Ark had the power to destroy armies and bring down the walls of cities. Now Graham Phillips provides scientific evidence that these claims may be true and offers compelling documentation that the Ark may be located in the English countryside, not far from the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (22 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430391
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laced with Biblical quotations, filled with adventures that rival those of Indiana Jones, this book provides 'scientific evidence' that the Ark of the Covenant had the power to destroy armies and bring down the walls of cities, and that these claims may be true. . . . To this one, we can just say, 'Wow.'"

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Graham Phillips is the author of "Atlantis and the Ten Plagues of Egypt, The Chalice of Magdalene, "and "The Moses Legacy." He lives in Coventry, England.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would make a great feature film. 8 Nov 2004
Having studied history at university, I realised that this book would be one of those that always upsets historians. It is speculative and involves a number of leaps of faith. Nevertheless, it contains some really extraordinary discoveries. Graham Phillips not only convincingly argues that the biblical Mount Sinai is really Jebel Madhbah in the kingdom of Jordan; he also traces what happened to the Ark of the Covenant after it disappeared from Jerusalem around 600 BCE. However, what really had me hooked on this book was the way that the author records his investigation in an exciting, first-hand journey of discovery. It would make a great feature film.
Although The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant is unlikely to appeal to academics, I am sure it will become a controversial classic for those interested in mysteries of the Bible: Graham Phillips claims to have found what may be one of the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
There is a great deal to learn from this book regarding the mystery of the Ark of the Covenant. In fact, it is something of an essential reference book for anyone interested in the enigma. However, this does not mean that it is slow or laborious reading. Indeed, it is precisely the opposite. This is a thoroughly entertaining and riveting personal quest by the author to discover the truth behind the legend. Believers in the Bible will be delighted to read of the evidence that the Ark not only existed but may well have had the power the Old Testament describes. It also goes without saying that the modern craze for treasure-hunting stories will have its appeal to the popular market as there are a wealth of historical clues and coded messages involved.
I found the Templar link particularly interesting as it focuses on one specific group of this secretive order of Crusader knights, throwing light on what I regarded as an unlikely postscript to their enigmatic existence during the Middle Ages. I had not previously given much credence to the notion of the Templars' treasure. I realise that the Templars were ultimately outlawed and persecuted and so had reason to hide whatever strange and priceless relics they possessed. However, as there is so much evidence that this huge medieval organisation went underground and survived the chances of such a treasure not having being recovered seemed slim. Graham Phillips provides a convincing and intriguing new suggestion to account for this. He proposes that it was only one particular Templar lodge that hid the treasure and that they were wiped out by the Black Death.
I recently heard someone describe historical mysteries as the new Rock and Roll. With books like this on the shelves, I'm not surprised.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You too can search for the lost Ark 14 Feb 2005
The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant is a truly unique book. I have never read anything like it before. In the Bible it says that the Ark of the Covenant (not to be confused with Noah's Ark) was a golden chest which contained the Ten Commandments and had the power to produce divine fire which could be used as a holy weapon. The book examines archaeological evidence to show that what many people thought was a myth was in fact an historical artefact. If the author is right, this remarkable object really existed: he even consults scientists who suggest that it was a device, years ahead of its time, for harnessing the power of lightning. Graham also discovers that the Ark was claimed to have been found by crusaders in the 1180s and that they returned with it to England. Here they eventually hid it and left a series of elaborate clues in a church in Warwickshire to reveal its location.
After a fascinating adventure to decipher the cryptic message and a series of encounters with the unexplained, Graham and colleagues eventually discover the remains of an old holy well where they believe the Ark was hidden. Regrettably, it seems that the Ark had been moved. However, they do unearth a stone tablet which experts think may have been one of the stones on which the Ten Commandments were written. What happened to the Ark? Who took it and to where? The research is ongoing, but Graham provides all the clues he has found in his book and asks others to help in this thrilling, real-life adventure that it seems anyone can join in. A great read!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new book 1 Feb 2005
I have read most of Graham Phillips' books and this is my favourite. Here he cleverly interweaves an historical investigation with a hands-on quest of discovery. I love the way in which he manages to bring history to life. There is a great deal to be gained from this book in both as a learning experience and as a riveting read. It is the sort of book that makes you want to go out and do some historical detective work yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective 21 Nov 2006
The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant is different from most books in the alternative history genre, in that it is a personal investigation by the author told in the first person. I am pleased to say that the historical research does not suffer because of this, although the ending takes a bit of swallowing. All in all, one exciting read.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof of the miraculous 21 Nov 2004
I never thought that such an adventurous and extraordinary quest could still take place in today's world. This marvellous book reads like a true-life Da Vinci Code. The author follows a trail of historical clues left in paintings and an old stained-glass window to lead to an extraordinary encounter with a truly astounding revelation - one that will keep biblical scholars talking for years. This has to be the book of the year. It not only solves some of the most important unsolved mysteries of the Old Testament, it provides physical proof of biblical miracles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome !! Really !!
A truly fantastic historic detective story which proves NOT to be fantasy. The revelations of evidence supporting the continuity trail are well researched, fascinating and inspire... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amir Moortal
1.0 out of 5 stars Nah..
Anyone who doubts the author's true reasons for writing this book need only look at the kindle price tag.. Someone should tell him ebooks are supposed to be cheap. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hanrahanrahanrahanrahan
5.0 out of 5 stars All things Templar.
I've had a strong interest in anything to do with the Knights Templar for very many years. I now have quite a collection of books about these religious warrior monks. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Margaret A. Golby
5.0 out of 5 stars Ark of the Covenant
Anyone who loves the legends and myths of the Templars will enjoy this book.
While not a religious person I have a keen interest in biblical history. Read more
Published 15 months ago by daryl bowns
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so Templar related as the title would make you believe
Three stars's well researched and documentation included but I'd give it 0 stars based on the title of the book and its description as it has VERY LITTLE to do with... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John H
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillips at his brilliant best
The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant is without doubt a must read for any legend hunter. Like many of his books, the reader follows Phillips on a journey across land sea and... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by The Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars One Coincidence too Many
Coincidences play an important part in the progress of the author's quest for the Ark. His early research into the possible existence and subsequent disappearance of this holiest... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2007 by Robert Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
There have been very few books on biblical mysteries that are quite as riveting as this. From beginning to end it is a clue-solving adventure and a true-life historical detective... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2006 by Ben Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I am wondering if these other reviewers have read the same book. It is slow, unwitting and tells nothing new except the creations of the imagination of Phillips. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2006 by Rosicrucian
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A compelling read, well argued, well researched, full of insight and interest. Like other reviewers, I've read quite a few of Graham Phillip's books, and they're all good, but this... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2005 by Mr. Stan B. Brotherton
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