His extraordinary detective story would take him from Zimbabwe to Papua New Guinea, Israel, Egypt and Ethiopia - via the dusty Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
It would take him on a tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Tutankhamun treasures, the land of the Pharaohs and the Queen of Sheba, and into a complex world of codes, theories and mythical adventures.
His eventual find could rewrite the history of the world as we know it.
So, what exactly is the Ark of the Covenant?
There's a new book coming out: THE LOST ARK OF THE COVENANT by Tudor Parfitt and published by HarperCollins. And to answer the above without reading the book, check these stories, here and here.
Here's the blurb:-
The Lost Ark of the Covenant is the real-life account of Professor Tudor Parfitt's effort to recover the revered artifact that contained the Ten Commandments sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This holy object disappeared from the Temple in Jerusalem when the Babylonians invaded in 586 BCE and was lost—apparently forever.
With painstaking historical scholarship, groundbreaking genetic science, and hair-raising fieldwork, Parfitt debunks the previous myths and reveals the shocking history of the Ark and its keepers. From Israel to Egypt, Ethiopia, and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the journey leads to places Parfitt could never have imagined.
The Lost Ark of the Covenant is a vivid and page-turning account of the culmination of two decades of research by an acclaimed scholar and adventurer. In the end, legend becomes reality as an unknown history comes to light, and with it our understanding of this lost treasure is changed forever.