Home > Shows > Copper Scroll Project Copper Scroll Project. Found in 1952, like the other scrolls, the Copper Scroll was found in a cave near the ruins of Qumran and was thus attributed to the Essenes. Utilizing the copper scroll, the Book of Maccabees, and other ancient sources, Barfield has created a map of Qumran depicting where he believes the 57 Temple treasure sites are. Discovered in 1952 near Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea, the Copper Scroll is unlike the other Dead Sea Scrolls which are mostly religious manuscripts written on parchment. Barfield was not surprised that his initial approaches to Israeli authorities and archeologists were met with skepticism. Mt. In the twenty-sixth section of the Scroll, the scribe uses the same Hebrew word for “pitcher” that is almost exclusively used for the Qalal, the urn which held the ashes of the Red Heifer. There is much dispute among scholars and researchers about when, and by whom, it was removed from the Temple. Jim Barfield believes the Ark of the Covenant is in Qumran, the area of the Judean Desert where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Copper Scroll Project is a relative newcomer to the modern treasure hunt. The Copper Scroll is the first archeological discovery that sheds light on the issue and could even lead to the Ark’s recovery. The Ark of the Covenant will be revealed “in God’s good time,” he says. The Scroll’s script and word construction has eluded many paleographers (experts in ancient script) because it is unlike any of the other Dead Sea Scrolls or texts from the suspected period of production. Some are opposed to it because they fear a discovery of this sort would lead to increased Arab-Israeli tensions and an increase of attacks by the Palestinians against Israelis. As its nickname implies it is a scroll written on thin copper sheets. The Copper Scroll is an anomaly in the Dead Sea Scroll Collection. That same year the Copper Scroll was found in Cave #3 at Qumran, West Bank, which listed the hiding places of 64 sacred articles which included the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Hertz wrote that seven years before the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, five holy men “concealed the vessels of the Temple and the wealth of the treasures that were in Jerusalem.”  Once the guardians hid the objects they inscribed the inventory and secret locations on a Luach Nehoshet (copper plate). In 1952, a fragile scroll made of copper was discovered in a cave above the Dead Sea at Qumran. He claims the Copper Scroll tells the location of the Ark, but his translation of the Copper Scroll is very questionable. II Maccabees tells the story of the prophet Jeremiah receiving a divine warning about the Babylonian invasion to come. In 2009, he was able to put his theories from the copper scroll to the test. The 1981 adventure/fantasy film Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas introduced a Hollywood version of the Ark to a much larger global audience outside the Jewish and Christian traditions. Whether or not he has truly discovered the Ark of the Covenant will likely only be revealed by time — and a shovel. Vendyl Jones—an explorer who has devoted thirty years to studying the Copper Scroll—and Jim Barfield—a retired fire marshal who believes he has cracked the code on the Copper Scroll (see my Copper Scroll articles from the last two issues)—believe the Second book of Maccabees and two other extra-Biblical texts give the background to the Copper Scroll. Temple vessels are referred to in at least three sections of the Scroll and priestly ephods are named once. *Shelley Neese is the vice president of The Jerusalem Connection. The relic also reads like a coded map. Nebo. Dubbed the “Copper Scroll ”, it was kept in secret and the contents of this discovery were withheld from the public for four years. Required fields are marked *. That’s where the detector gave off the biggest readings for nonferrous metals, indicating to him they had found the Ark and the other most important gold and silver Temple objects. But one has proven itself to be more enduring since a copper scroll was unearthed on the coast of the Dead Sea in 1952. The Ark did indeed disappear, but not following World War II, as Hollywood portrayed, and not into a top-secret warehouse. It seems certain that faithful priests had hidden the ark when Nebuchadnezzar was camping beyond Jerusalem’s Walls in preparation to destroy the city. The prevailing opinion in Copper Scroll studies is that, like the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll dates between 150 BCE and 70 CE. We believe our readers may find it intriguing, if not fascinating, especially in light of the recent developments concerning President Trump’s focus on Jerusalem. The Copper Scroll is the first archeological discovery that sheds light on the issue and could even lead to the Ark’s recovery. 2600 years, however, has not been long enough to kill the curiosity or exhaust the imagination of the many who ponder the Ark’s fate. The scroll would likely have been hid in a cave during the Babylonian exile. After Jeremiah sealed the entrance his followers complained they could not find the site. A Long Way to Shiloh (known in the USA as The Menorah Men so as not to be thought a Civil War novel) is a thriller by Lionel Davidson, published in 1966, whose plot follows the finding and contents of a similar treasure scroll. However, using the properties of the Ark as described in the Bible would give also a clue to its location. “It might not be Jim Barfield whom He uses to reveal it, but that’s not what’s important — I’m not important. Emeq HaMelekh warns that the Temple items will “not be discovered until the day of the coming of Moschiach, son of David.”. The New American magazine, published twice a month in print and daily online, is the essential news source for freedom-loving Americans. Five years later, 1952, in cave 3 (Q vj 3) at Qumran, a new archeological find was unearthed by the workers under the dig supervision of Professor Gerald Harding, a seven foot copper Scroll. “On our last visit to Israel — in September last year — we had a very good meeting with a top Israeli archeologist and a high official in the Israeli government,” he told The New American. The account in II Maccabees reads: You shall also find it set down in the dispositions made by the prophet Jeremias, that he bade the exiles rescue the sacred fire, in the manner aforesaid. Others hold that the Ark is in Aksum, Ethiopia, or that it is buried in a tunnel under the Temple, or that it is in a cave beneath Golgotha (also known as Calvary), the hill on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Jeremiah replied “the place shall be unknown until God gathers His people together again and shows His mercy.”, In 1922 an eighteenth century writing called Emeq HaMelekh written by Rav Hertz, an authority on oral Torah, was found in Amsterdam. Jeremiah took the sacred Temple treasures—including the Wilderness Tabernacle, the Ark and its contents, and the Qalal—and hid them in a hollow cave near Mount Nebo (Deut. That movie ends with the Ark disappearing in a large crate, along with thousands of other similar crates, into a huge U.S. government warehouse. With the help of a member of the Israeli Knesset, he and his team were allowed to conduct a survey of four of the sites utilizing advanced scanning detector technology that allowed them to see 50 feet below the surface of the ground. His mind was immediately struck with the idea that this was one of the "records" spoken of in Macabbees II … We, at The New American, take no position on the validity or accuracy of the findings and claims of Jim Barfield and the Copper Scroll Project. Excluding Jones and Barfield, however, few Copper Scroll experts have given the connection any merit—mostly because archeologist frown upon using ancient literary texts to aid in finding artifacts. While most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by Bedouins, the Copper Scroll, which is now on display at the Jordan Museum in Amman, was discovered by an archaeologist. The Copper Scroll, as its name suggests, is engraved on a thin sheet of copper. Click here for her articles and videos. Results for {phrase} ({results_count} of {results_count_total}), Displaying {results_count} results of {results_count_total}. Logic would follow that the Scroll is referring to second Temple treasures secreted away before the Roman invasion. Jim Barfield, founder and director of The Copper Scroll Project, believes he has found in the enigmatic Copper … The Copper Scroll is an anomaly in the Dead Sea Scroll Collection. With the help of an ancient document found in Qumran together with the Dead Sea Scrolls, known as the “Copper Scroll”, Dr. Jones is convinced he has pinpointed the location of the Ark … In addition to the Palestinians, there are also influential Israelis who are opposed to the project. A cave Jeremias found there, in which he set down tabernacle and ark and incense-altar, and stopped up the entrance behind him. Jim Barfield, founder and director of The Copper Scroll Project, believes he has found in the enigmatic Copper Scroll the key to the location of the cave where the Ark of the Covenant is hidden, along with the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the Altar of Incense. I have written about the Ark of the Covenant and its location in my book Ipso Facto and in a specific article on the subject to trigger a documentary and possible search for the artefact in the foothills of Mt. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The possibility is tantalizing. This mountain has a significant … The Copper Scroll may be our closest witness to the Ark’s fate. The search would use satellite imaging and infrared scanning to discover the canyon, which was partly filled in by a landslide or rock fall which hid the cave from view. In 1964, the Journal of Near Eastern Studies reported the 1952 discovery of the Marble Tablets in Beirut, Lebanon. When He dung in the cave, no Ark was found. He, when they told him of it, rebuked their eagerness; Nay, said he, the place must remain ever unknown, till the day when God brings his people together once more, and is reconciled; then, divinely, the secret shall be made manifest. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that, when originally built, was said to have held tablets containing the 10 commandments. For further information, you can reach me at the e-mail address listed below. According to Copper Scroll expert B. Pixner, the fourth section of the Scroll references the Breastplate of the High Priest. Strict charge he gave them, the Lord’s commandments they should keep ever in mind, nor let false gods, all gold and silver and fine array, steal away their hearts; with much else to confirm them in their regard for the law. At any rate, it has been “missing” for well over two millennia, its location known only to God. Some passages have paleographic dates around 70 CE, but other passages date back 700 years earlier. The COPPER SCROLL Reveals Location Of Temple Treasures, Ark Of The Covenant? Now this is one of the strongest candidates on the list. “The political and religious ramifications of this are huge,” he told The New American in a recent telephone interview. Unlike many of today's Da Vinci lite books the Copper Scroll actually delivers in the end. The Copper Scroll and Jeremiah’s Deed Jerusalem was under siege, Babylon had Judah’s army at a breaking point and Jeremiah was chained in the house of his King. His treasure map for the past 35 years has been the Copper Scroll, the one scroll among the Dead Sea collection engraved on a roll of copper rather than parchment. Readers of the Old Testament are familiar with the Ark of the Covenant, the sacred golden chest carried by the Israelites during their wanderings in the desert and finally placed in the temple built by King Solomon. And here, in this same document, the story was told, how a divine oracle came to Jeremias, and he must needs go out, with tabernacle and ark to bear him company, to the very mountain Moses climbed long ago, when he had sight of God’s domain. Even the most intriguing mysteries have a sell-by date in a 24/7 mass communications age. The Copper Scroll is materially unique in that it was written on thin, hammered copper, rather than the less-durable papyrus or parchment, which were the materials used for all of the other scrolls. Could the Copper Scroll now sitting in a museum in Jordan be the Luach Nehoshet? According to Barfield, their detector showed “massive amounts” of nonferrous metal objects in precisely those locations. with Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II plundering and destroying Jerusalem, slaying most of the Israelites, and taking most of the survivors into captivity. Explorer Vendyl Jones, among others, believes that an artifact found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, the enigmatic “Copper Scroll” of Qumran Cave 3, is actually a treasure map of sorts detailing the location of a number of precious treasures taken from the temple before the Babylonians arrived, among them the lost Ark of the Covenant. Jim Barfield has worked on the Copper Scroll Project for more than a decade. In answer to a caller’s question, Neese described the Ark’s importance to the Jewish faith as "a material connection to an immaterial God." Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In 1990 proof of the Tosephta Mishnayot surfaced in an 8th century genizah (document deposit) recovered from Cairo, Egypt. Some believe it was taken to Babylon, following the Jewish-Babylonian War, which culminated in 586 B.C. It is based around the treasure hunt of the riches described in this scroll and ends with them finding it and the arc of the covenant. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The Copper Scroll, he believes, also shows the locations of 56 additional sites where vast hoards of sacred treasures are buried — including tons of Temple items made of gold and silver from the Temple of Solomon. As part of the Dead Sea Scrolls collection, it is unlike any of the other ancient documents. Now, let’s go further. My name is Nathanael from Indiana. Circa 1960, Jones read with great interest about the Copper Scroll with its list of Holy Treasures including the Mishkan, and by reference, the Ark of the Covenant. Between the two global forces is the hunt for the Temple's massive treasure and the Ark of the Covenant. Jewish Weddings Continue to Vex New York Authorities. The Copper Scroll is the treasure map and like in the Da Vinci code Jon and Erin are on the hunt. 40:35) and the Temple in Jerusalem. If this theory stands, then the Copper Scroll likely has no connection to the Ark since the Ark was absent from the Second Temple. Tom Croster claims he has found the Ark in a cave on Mt. The premise is based around the copper scroll discovered in the 1960's. Then once again the Lord’s majesty shall be seen, and the cloud that enshrines it; the same vision that was granted to Moses, and to Solomon when he prayed that the great God would have his temple on earth; Solomon, the master of wisdom, that in his wisdom offered sacrifice to hallow the temple he had made. In addition to temple tithes, the Scroll refers to other movable temple items like ‘dedicated vessels,’ ‘consecrated’ items, and priestly garments. The Copper Scroll Project: In Search of the Ark of the Covenant, Readers of the Old Testament are familiar with the Ark of the Covenant, the sacred golden chest carried by the Israelites during their wanderings in the desert and finally placed in the temple built by King Solomon. Jim Barfield has been to Israel 15 times in the past 11 years in efforts to advance the Copper Scroll Project’s mission, which he says is to “Help the Nation of Israel recover the items of the Copper Scroll.”. "For nearly 2,400 years the Copper scroll laid in a cave near Khirbet Qumran high above the shores of the Dead Sea until 1952. The Copper Scroll, which dates back around 1,900 years, and is made of copper, shows several "striking parallels" with the newly translated treatise, Davila said. He is confident that the objects depicted by the detector are indeed the much-sought-after Temple treasures. Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark one too many times and you can not put down the sneaking suspicion that if the Ark is ever meant to be found it will be the Luach Nehoshet—not Prof. Indiana Jones—that leads us to it. Other Jews, says Barfield, particularly the wealthier, non-religious classes, see it as a threat because they fear it would lead to greater religious fervor among the Jews and a clamor to build a third temple, which they oppose. The Holy Grail, The Ark of the Covenant, The Fountain of Youth, and The Philosopher’s Stone – Whether the objects are of legend or history, certain ancient mysteries arrest the imaginations of every generation. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Photo: courtesy of The Copper Scroll Project. The Copper Scroll treasures were almost assuredly from the Second Temple, but the Ark of the Covenant was not ever discovered after the First Temple. He has experienced many delays, setbacks, and roadblocks, as well as more than his fair share of detractors. Until this book, I had never heard of such a thing - the dead sea scrolls, but not this one. Though the genizah document predated Emeq HaMelekh by a thousand years, it gave the same story as Rav Hertz about the Temple rescue operation, named the same five holy men, and referenced the copper plate. Besides being an outsider, without the archeological credentials and experience of other noted authorities in this field, there are tremendous political sensitivities and rivalries involved that complicate any excavation effort. My address is asjesuswalked@gmail.com@gmail.com. In 1952, a fragile scroll made of copper was discovered in a cave above the Dead Sea at Qumran. the bible and interpretation website has published my latest article entitled, “pseudo-science and sensationalist archaeology: an exposé of jimmy barfield and the copper scroll project.” it is a call to arms for biblical scholars and archaeolosgists to address publically the sensationalist claims made by amateur archaeologists and pseudo-scientists. It was found on March 14, 1952 at the back of Cave 3 at Qumran. The 1981 adventure/fantasy film. The rusty chains cut into his wrists binding him to the wall, his punishment for prophesying the truth, a … Found in a cave near Qumran, the "Copper Scroll" is one of the most unusual of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Copper Scroll Project tells the story of an Oklahoma arson investigator, Jim Barfield, who sets off on a decade-long quest to uncover Qumran’s secrets―the lost treasures of the Jerusalem temple―and show the world that the Dead Sea Scrolls were merely the tip of the archaeological iceberg. In 1952, a fragile scroll made of copper was discovered in a cave above the Dead Sea at Qumran. However, there is a common scholarly assumption that the contents that are listed in the Scroll came from the Jewish Temple. Hi, Don! I’d like to know more about the Ark of the Covenant. The idea that the Copper Scroll could be a precursor to the Dead Sea Scrolls has some credibility given its unique Biblical language. Albert Wolters, a  professor of Religion and Theology in Ontario who focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, makes an argument that the proper translation for the last hiding place of the Copper Scroll reads “the Cavern of the Shekinah.”  Shekinah when used in the Bible designates the Divine Presence as it inhabits the Tabernacle (Exod. Found in 1952, like the other scrolls, the Copper Scroll was found in a cave near the ruins of Qumran and was thus attributed to the Essenes. However, because of political instability in Israel at the time and security concerns, he asked us not to post it at that time. Even still, outside of a Hollywood movie studio, never before has there been a treasure map that held this kind of promise and suspense. The Copper Scroll Project is a relative newcomer to the modern treasure hunt. Nebo where Jeremiah hid it. 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