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The Copper Scroll And The Search For The Temple Treasure

by Hershel Shanks

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This book tells the intriguing story of two copper rolls now known as "the Copper Scroll" discovered in the Judean desert more than 50 years ago. Most scholars agree this unique scroll describes the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple that were buried shortly before 70 C.E., when the Roman legions burned the city and its holy sanctuary. Accompany author Hershel Shanks as he explains the Copper Scroll's enigmatic contents, takes you on a quest for the legendary treasure, and describes the high-tech methods used to decipher and preserve this important ancient document. - Publisher.… (more)
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NCLA Review - Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, tells the story of the only one of the Dead Sea Scrolls written on copper. This Copper Scroll purports to describe what happened to all the silver, gold, and other treasures removed from the Temple in Jerusalem prior to its destruction in the year 70. These treasures, according to the Scroll, are buried in 64 different locations in the general vicinity of Jerusalem. Is this for real or is this an interesting piece of folklore? Shanks says that the majority of Dead Sea Scrolls experts, he included, take it seriously. This small, copiously-illustrated book tells about the discovery, translation, and attempts—so far unsuccessful—to find this hidden treasure. If your library already contains a translation of all the scrolls—those by Garcia Martinez, Vermes, or Wise et al. for example—you may wish to add The Copper Scroll. It may make you grab your pick and shovel and head for Israel! Rating: 2—RO ( )
  ncla | Jun 30, 2008 |
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This book tells the intriguing story of two copper rolls now known as "the Copper Scroll" discovered in the Judean desert more than 50 years ago. Most scholars agree this unique scroll describes the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple that were buried shortly before 70 C.E., when the Roman legions burned the city and its holy sanctuary. Accompany author Hershel Shanks as he explains the Copper Scroll's enigmatic contents, takes you on a quest for the legendary treasure, and describes the high-tech methods used to decipher and preserve this important ancient document. - Publisher.

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