The Jews took the Ark from Shiloh to Kiriath-Jearim to the battlefield because they thought it would being them victory. They were wrong! They lost the Battle to the Philistines. It was a slaughter!! The enemy took the Ark as a spoil of war. But it was not the kind of trophy they would be allowed to show off with. There were Plagues in every Philistine city where the Ark was taken. In the end, they gave it back to the Jews.
Where is the Ark now?? The Jews don't even know!!!
What's that? It's in Ethiopia?
Yeah right. And the Chinese invented the fortune cookie.
As if ... any God-fearing Jew on the planet would let the Ark - if it really were there - remain in Ethiopia.
References: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ark.html and the Book of Samuel
- During the American Civil War, the Union Army under the leadership of Ulysses Grant, achieved a victory at the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862). But that's another battle. :)
Statue-Ark Of The Covenant w/Priests-Gold/Silv-SML