I had a chat with a Jewish friend today, on which I asked if a rebuilt Temple would mean a return to the pre-Rabbinical Judaism of the past. She felt it would.
My follow up question was “how would the loss of the Ark of the Covenant factor into this? Would a new Ark be constructed, and would it, theologically, be an acceptable replacement for the original?” I understand the High Priest would come before it yearly, so it seems vital to it all.
She wasn’t sure on that point, so I figured I’d ask the community here. Thank you in advance!