The Sign And The Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant Paperback – 14 Jan 1993
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"Highly readable" (Times)
"Hancock's book will probably be as popular as the Raider's film. Added to the Holy Grail excitement of his quest, he has invented a new genre: an intellectual whodunnit by a do-it-yourself sleuth" (Guardian)
"It should cause widespread discussion and it deserves to" (Daily Telegraph)
A gripping religious historical conspiracy thriller from the bestselling author of investigative history book Fingerprints of the Gods. This controversial book establishes Hancock as a leading voice in the popular genre of religious theory. Perfect for fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark.See all Product Description
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The search for the fabled Ark Of The Covenant, in which it is said that Moses placed the Ten Commandments etched upon tablets of stone, takes in a journey through distant lands and the sands of time. The style of writing conveys each step of the journey in vivid and eminently readable detail as you wait for the next clue to emerge from some ancient script or stone carving.
For anyone who has even the slightest interest in biblical stories, the mysteries of the ancient world, or of some of the great figures in history, this book will keep you enthralled.
Meticulously researched, written with verve, gusto, and no little skill, and with a tantalising quest at its core, this is one of the best, and earliest, books in the now saturated alternative archaeology genre. READ IT !!
Granted, Hancock is not a scientist or theologian, but this may in fact serve as his greatest qualification for tackling the types of lofty problems he embraces. After all, the vast majority of scientists and theologians dismiss without consideration the sorts of "wild" ideas discussed in this book; if not for the open minds of men like Mr. Hancock, many truths that have now been established would remain jokes told by the arrogant "experts" over tea--take, as an example, the discovery of Troy. As for the content of this book, it truly is a mix of history, religion, and archaeology.Read more ›
From the get go Graham lays out the Ethiopean legend and follows it up with some first class research and investigation.
His links to the Ethiopean government realy helped him pursue the Ark. He followed up on every piece of information scrutinised his own theories until proven otherwise, and would stand the test of his own investigations to disprove his own work.
So many researchers into the Ark fall into the trap of investigating only the areas of research that prove thier own theories. Graham's work is open and honest and is a breath of fresh air when comparing this type of book against the many other biblical researchers.
A ripping well written yarn from start to finish, a book I couldnt put down and although I didnt always agree with some of his findings his thorough investigations made me think otherwise. This book should be the hallmark for all biblical scholars.
Hancock is very thorough in his investigation, outlining how the ark was stolen from the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem and how it eventually ended up in Axum. Along the way he mets native Ethiopian Jews that seem to practice a form of Jewish religion which has not been practiced since the time of the First Temple. Are the ancestors of these people the one's who brought the Ark to Ethiopia??
However, aside from being a well researched and totally plausible book, Hancock also highlights the rich and colorful history of Ethiopia with its religious monuments and temples. This book is a must for all interested in the religious and ancient history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and interesting.....factual stuff is good and the leaps in conclusion are a bit far imho but still bear merit and make you read on.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Sp Squires
Cracking book! I`ve read many books on the search for the lost Ark of the Covenant and this still stands out as the best! Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Steveosnapper
Graham Hancock done a great deal of research before writing this book. I've been to the Holy Land, Ethiopia and Charter and confirm that the details regarding all these places as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Smith
Hancock is a wonderfully free thinker who makes you want to believe. The belief is backed up with his own dedicated research, an evolved understanding and logic throughout his work... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Trigger
Lots of historical facts but this is more a personal journal, interesting though.Published 14 months ago by plumplum
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