Treasures of Dead Sea Copper Scrolls - 200 Years old Treasure Map of Hidden Lost Temple Discovered!
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the last three centuries BCE and first-Century CE Jewish Manuscripts found in Qumran cave in the Judaean Desert.
A Noahide and former criminal investigator believed that he deciphered the Dead Sea Copper Scroll, which is an enigmatic 200 years old scroll, and concluded it as the treasure map that marks the places of the hidden, lost temple utensils.
While the archaeologists agree with the proposed theory, the region's political complications make it hard to believe that the treasures could be revealed any time sooner.
Discovering the Scrolls
The first lot of scrolls were found in 1947 and with the discovery of the Copper Scroll in 1952 by an expedition sponsored by the Jordan Department of Antiquities near Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea raises a sense of mystery among archaeologists.
Although considered a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll was distinct from the rest of the scrolls found in situ. While the other scrolls consisted of papyrus, the Copper Scroll, as its name suggests, was inscribed into a very thin sheet of copper. The Hebrews extensively used the copper scroll, inscribed in a later period than the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Religious or Mathematical Significance: A Controversy
However, there is a great deal of controversy over the Copper Scroll. While there are Biblical and religious works, there is a list of 64 locations and corresponding amounts of precious metals: gold and silver in the Copper Scroll.
The predominant opinion claimed the list of gold and silver as the money accumulated from the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple. However, the expert opinion has been highly criticized: a location is described as holding priestly vestments.
Some researchers claim that the copper scroll was purposely made out of a very thin sheet so that it could be rolled up. Due to corrosion, the scroll had to be cut into strips for preservation, which is currently placed at the Jordan Museum. The scroll enlists about 4,600 pieces of precious metals, making the total haul worth over $1 billion.
The Copper Scroll became the biggest treasure hunt in history. It executed several expeditions, which have already been attempted to find the treasure it describes. However, the clues of reaching the treasure have been written in obscure ways, consuming time and energy and including intense hard work of any treasure hunter.
For instance, a column reads the following description:
"In the salt pit that is under the steps: forty-one talents of silver. In the cave of the old washer's chamber, on the third terrace: sixty-five ingots of gold."
Researchers and excavators failed to find a real starting, failing to understand the directions properly.
Several scholars claim the stealing of some of the hidden treasures thousands of years ago by the Romans and other looters. An extensive treasure hunt was carried out in 1962 when archaeologist John Allegro excavated the burial sites listed on the scroll. Although he came back without the treasure, yet that did not stop the others who were following him.
However, the government has imposed strict regulations in the region, making it hard for the excavators to carry out further research. This indicates that the treasure is still hidden somewhere, waiting to be found.
All the scrolls derived from the Dead Sea were assigned to be translated and published by a scholarly editing team. Although the translation of the Copper Scroll was assigned to J. T. Milik, yet another member of the team, John Allegro became excited by the document and went to England to be present when the manuscript was cut open.
However, the rest of the editing team neglected the excitement of Allegro about the scroll. Supporters of Allegro claimed that Milik purposely withheld his translation for years longer than necessary so that he could not publish his own.
An expedition carried out by Jim Barfield following the footsteps of Vendyl Jones, a Texas
preacher who turned Biblical archaeologist, in 2006 set out for discovering the truth of the Copper Scroll.
Jones believed Qumran to be a hiding place for the Temple's vessels and hence spent 30 years researching. Jones used the Copper Scroll as a guide and discovered a small vial of Persimmon Oil used for anointing kings and high priests, was also used by the temples for incense in high quantities.
Astonishing Numbers and Figures
Scholars found oddities when a Biblical fellow dug out 7 cubits and stashed away 22 talents of treasure as described in the seventh column of the scroll. The scholars then associated these numbers with Pi, the ratio between the diameter and the circumference of a circle.
Scholars are of the view that if Pi was present during the time, the scroll must be mentioning a circle. To the utter surprise of the scholars, the scroll described a treasure where 60 Karsh of silver and 2 talents of gold are buried in 3 cubits.
Mathematicians described these three units with 3, 60, and 2 equates to 360 when multiplied, thereby representing the total number of degrees in a circle.
Revelations did not stop there, rather continued at another site where scholars describing a Biblical character read the Book of Enoch before hiding the treasure. This was because the numbers on column nine were the same as Enoch's solar calendar. The book listed 13 weeks, 91 days, which later apportioned to 4 leaders that multiplied to form 364 days.