Ark of the Covenant
Unless Indiana Jones recovers the Ark a second time, we will not be getting much further with this one, but you may be surprised to know scientists and scholars have seriously considered the question.
If you accept as true the story that British scientist Sir William Siemens discovered a powerful electrical field at the top of the Great Pyramid, and are well-versed in Christopher Dunn’s remarkable and well-developed theory that the Great Pyramid was designed to be a power plant, then feast your imagination on the frequently told narrative of the Great Pyramid and the Ark of the Covenant, which goes something like this:
The cubic capacity of the coffer in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid is identical to that of the biblical Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was housed in the coffer and served as an electric capacitor capable of producing a charge of 500-700 volts. It was made of acacia wood and lined inside and out with gold (two conductors separated by an insulator), and had garlands on two sides that may have served as condensers.
Raised as an Egyptian noble, Moses knew about this capacitor and its power, and removed it from the Great Pyramid when he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharaoh’s army pursued the Israelites in a failed attempt to recover their stolen Ark. Because the Ark could produce powerful electrical discharges, the Israelite army always marched into battle with the Ark in front. The Ark became so sacred the Israelites believed anyone who approached it with impure thoughts would be struck dead with a lightning bolt. Eventually they placed it within the Temple’s sacred inner sanctuary, where only the High Priest could approach it, and only once a year.
That is one wild story. Too bad no one can prove or disprove any of it. Of course, a few millennia elapsed between the building of the Great Pyramid and the time of Moses, and some have questioned the historical accuracy of the Book of Exodus. Others, citing the Bible, claim the Ark could not have fit into the coffer anyway because, regardless of their respective cubic volumes, the Ark and the coffer had different dimensions. But if old Indy manages to track down that Ark again, he might want to bring along a tape measure just to check – because sometimes a tale is just too good not to be true.