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By Jeff A. Benner


In the Ancient Hebrew mind light is seen as order as without light we would be lost in the chaos of darkness. The Hebrew word for light is אור (or) and is derived from the parent root אר (ar). Another word derived from this parent root is the word ארון (aron - formed by adding the ון to the end of the root). This word means a "box" and is also related to order in the sense that items are placed within boxes as a way of bringing about order.

The "Ark of the Covenant" is a box that is used to place important items, including the stone tablets, Aaron's staff and the Manna, within it to keep them in "order."

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