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Badge # 1: Archaeology

1. The Ark of the Covenant

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Painting depicting King David bearing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.
Painting depicting King David bearing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.


3. The Ark of the Testimony, more commonly known as The Ark of the Covenant, is shown in the picture above. It is a very important Biblical artifact that is mentioned in the Old Testament in Exodus and Kings. The Ark of the Covenant is a beautifully crafted gold crate which Moses ordered to be made to hold the two stone Tablets containing the 10 Commandments that he received from God on Mount Sinai. The Hebrews carried the Ark during the forty years spent in the desert before they reached Israel. The Ark symbolizes the faith of the Hebrews because they carried the Laws of God with them even when they were being punished for complaining of hunger and thirst. It also symbolizes God's presence, because in return for their faith God miraculously provided them with enough food to survive. King David brought the Ark to Jerusalem, where belief in God continued to grow, and the Jewish faith flourished. David's son Solomon incorporated the Ark of the Covenant into the temple in Jerusalem, however the religious artifact's location has been unknown for thousands of years. The Ark is associated with many prophets, and even God Himself. Archaeologists have searched for the Ark of the Covenant because they want to discover the Ten Commandments, the guidelines of Christianity. The Ark is seen as a connector between humans and God, which is why it's the most significant Biblical artifact.





Badge # 2: Genesis

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  • "Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness, to have dominion over the fish in the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, all wild animals on land, and everything that creeps on the earth." (Genesis 1:26)
  • "Be fruitful and increase, fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28)
  • "Throughout the earth, I give you all plants that bear seed, and every tree that bears fruit with seed: they shall be yours for food." (Genesis 1:29)
  • "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and look after it." (Genesis 2:15)
  • "whatever the man called each living creature, that would be it's name" (Genesis 2:19)
  • "I shall put enmity between you and the woman, between your brood and hers.They will strike at your head, and you will strike at their heel." (Genesis 3:15)
  • "You will get your food from earth only by labour" (Genesis 3:17)
  • "from earth you were taken. Dust you are, to dust you will return" (Genesis 3:19)
  • "So the Lord God banished Adam from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he had been taken." (Genesis 3:23)
  • "When you till the ground, it will no longer yield you its produce. You shall be a wanderer, a fugitive on the earth." (Genesis 4:12)

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When God says, "be fruitful and increase, fill the earth and subdue it", he is telling Adam and Eve that they should take advantage of the powers of nature by populating the earth. God gave humans the opportunity to create, similarly to how he created, yet less powerful.

The author of Genesis says "whatever the man called each living creature, that would be it's name" to show that when God created humans, he expected them to rule over all other living things. God gave humans the opportunity to be superior to other creatures because he created us in his image and likeness.

After Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God tells Adam "you will get your food from earth only by labour". God creates a problem for mankind, no longer giving them the luxury to eat whatever they want without having to work. In other words, nature no longer provides for lazy humans who are ungrateful.

3. Dear Diary,
A few days ago, after creating me, God decided to create a partner for me. I called this partner 'woman', and I named her Eve. God took away one of my ribs to create her, but so far I think she is a good creation. She makes living a little less lonely, because I have someone who responds to me in my own language when I speak (unlike the lions). God told us to reproduce and spread our species, and I think it's a good idea to create more beings like me and Eve. I like Eve a lot, but she and I are very different. I don't understand why God allows humans to be so different, to make our own choices like he does. Eve is more adventurous than I am, and I'm afraid that she will get me into trouble. Life is really good right now though, and I am so happy to have such a beautiful home and companion. P.S. I saw a serpent who tried to talk to Eve yesterday, but I don't trust him so I told him to go away.
- Adam



Badge # 3: Exodus

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2. Dear Pharoah,

You have oppressed my people for too long. My God is angry. He will not stop tormenting you until you give us our freedom. We don't want to cause you any problems, all we ask is that you let us walk away. We have been starved, tortured, and killed under your power, yet we have done nothing wrong. As you have seen the sea turn to blood and the frogs and the locusts, you know my God can do great things, and if you refuse to release me and my people, it will not stop. I suggest you free us now, before things get worse here in Egypt. If you wish to listen to my warning and let us go now, please right back quickly, before it is too late.
Your former friend,
Moses

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