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Biblical Archaeology Review 9:3, May/June 1983

Tom Crotser Has Found the Ark of the Covenant—Or Has He?

False report of ark sighting results in cancellation of important American excavation

Anyone assessing Tom Crotser’s claim that he has found the original Ark of the Covenant in all its gilded glory must surely exercise caution in light of Crotser’s additional claims to having previously located the Tower of Babel, Noah’s Ark, the City of Adam, and the great stone of Abel, where the son of Adam was killed.

On the other hand, when Crotser says that he actually took color photographs of the golden Ark of the Covenant, normal curiosity requires taking a look.

Tom Crotser lives in Winfield, Kansas, where he serves as director of an organization he calls the Institute for Restoring History International. He also runs a construction company and leads a group of 145 people who, according to Crotser, live in a community like that formed by the Essenes in the second century B.C.

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