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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (14 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099416352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099416357
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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This book is quite hard to believe, the story of where the Ark of the Covenant rests is surely going to be very contreversial. However, I have lived in Ethiopia and been to all the places that the author mentions and it is true that Ethiopians believe with a passion that the Ark rests in Axum. When I read the book I can take my mind back to Axum, Lailibela and Addis and feel exactly what he feels. I hope that people who read this book take time to imagine the rich history that Ethiopia has and perhaps they will be inspired to go see this beautiful country for themselves and make up their own minds.
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This book is a wonderful, gripping descent into ancient history and biblical myth. Part adventure, part archaeological detective work, the reader can't fail to get sucked in as the author's obsession with his subject carries you along.
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 !!
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I can thouroughly recommend this book to any reader. Hancock explores the whole history of the arc and leads the reader to a gripping finale with a twist.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2002
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This is an exceedingly interesting book, albeit controversial, for anyone interested in "history's mysteries." For those of us who have pored through the works of Zecharia Sitchin and dared to ponder questions that the scientists and religious authorities regard as sacrilegious (after all, science itself is a religion), this is especially interesting material. You don't have to believe in Hancock's theories (although he offers a weighty, serious argument for them) in order to love this book. Even if you regard the idea of the Ark of the Covenant resting in Ethiopia (or the notion that the Ark even exists) as preposterous, you can enjoy this book in the same way you can delight in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories; this book is about solving a mystery. Just as Holmes' series of adventures often resulted in no real, firm, graspable truth, so is the case here. This detracts little from the story, however. The final judgment is left up to you, the reader, which is the trademark of any substantive mystery--only in this way can the great and unattainable "truth," in its most esoteric sense, be discovered.
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.
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For people that are looking for a genuine attempt to locate the one true Ark Of The Covenant, one should no look further that this excellent book.
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.
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Good interesting read, trail and research great... Felt somehow that the author was a bit arrogant in approach when dealing with other cultures and beliefs but we have to appreciate the honesty. obviously cannot say more as it would spoil the read, But in conclusion interesting, wanted to read more, building on the foundation laid and the search for knowledge continues. Thanks
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I am a big fan of Graham Hancock's work and particularly this book. In a nutshell Hancock goes on a quest to find the lost Ark of the Covenant. In Indiana Jones style Hancock takes off to Africa and straight into a civil war in Ethiopia! For it is a church in the holy town of Axum, Ethiopia that apparently houses the Ark. Although no one is allowed to see it other than the church's guardian.

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.
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