BAR 9:04, Jul/Aug 1983
The Ark That Wasnt There
Larry Blaser of Englewood, Colorado, thought he had located the Ark of the Covenantand enlisted the aid of professional archaeologists
Found! proclaimed Lawrence Blaser, referring to the actual cave where David accidentally happened upon King Saul near the spring at Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea. David could have killed King Saul, but instead he simply cut off the hem of his robe to make the point (1 Samuel 24).
Blasers search began in 1958 after he read the works of Ellen G. White, a 19th-century prophet of the Seventh Day Adventist church. In Volume 4 of her Spiritual Gifts, Blaser, a home builder from Englewood, Colorado, read that shortly before the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., the Ark of the Covenant containing the tablets Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai had been removed from the Temple and hidden in a cave. That sacred Ark is yet hid. It has never been disturbed since it was secreted, Blaser read.