We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ARK

The chest containing the tables of the law. god ordered Moses to construct it of acacia wood, telling him the exact dimensions. "Inside the ark you must place the Testimony I shall give you" (Exodus 25:10-22). This Ark of the covenant became a dramatic symbol in Israelite history, accompanying the people on their wilderness journeys and throughout Joshua's rule. Later it was seized by the Philistines but surrendered in fear to Israel. David brought the ark to Jerusalem, where it remained until the first temple was destroyed. At that point it disappeared from history.

See Also: SANCTUM SANCTORUM

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament 4 hours ago
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. 12 hours ago
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1
Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art February 28
The Complexities of Persecution February 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5