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Does an ancient copper scroll hold clues to the secret location of the Ark of the Covenant?

The Wadi-Qumran Credit: Otto_Friedrich45/Flickr/Creative Commons

The Wadi-Qumran Credit: Otto_Friedrich45/Flickr/Creative Commons

According to Breaking Israel News (BIN), a copper scroll discovered in 1952 in caves along with the infamous Dead Sea Scrolls may actually be an ancient treasure map.

The two thousand-year old scroll, made of thin sheets of copper, sticks out from its fellow Dead Sea Scrolls made of papyrus discovered in caves found in cliffs below a large plateau a mile away from the northwestern edge of the Dead Sea.

The scroll also differs in one other significant way — while the Dead Sea Scrolls contain Biblical texts and other religious writings — the copper scroll is a map with 64 different locations marked out on it. It also lists quantities of gold and silver associated with each site along with clues and descriptions of the secret locations.

Archaeologists believe the map probably outlines where Jews hid money during the Jewish revolt that led to the Romans destroying the Jewish temple in 70 AD.

But one of the sites also mentions something else — Jewish vestments — suggesting the Jews may have hidden some of the utensils from the Jewish temple before the Romans sacked it.

Or it could mark the location of something even more mysterious, because this wasn’t the first time Jews hid treasure from invading armies.

When King Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem in 586 BC, the Book of Jeremiah lists the furniture and utensils the Babylonians stole from the temple (Jeremiah 52:17-23). One item not included in Jeremiah’s list was the gold-plated Ark of the Covenant — on which the very Presence of God sat.

Since the ark was the most important piece of furniture in the Temple, its omission was not an oversight as other lists describing the Babylonian plunder also do not include the ark (2 Kings 24:13, 2 Kings 25: 13-1).

This suggests the Jews hid the Ark of the Covenant sometime before Jerusalem fell.

BIN reports that in 2006 American Jim Barfield, a former criminal investigator, decided to use his skills to see if he could discover the locations from the clues provided in the scroll.

Barfield along with others who have worked on the map believe most of the sites are in an area called the Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This makes it politically complicated because it is in the West Bank — Palestinian territory.

Using the map, Barfield believes he discovered a location that mentions steps that were 20 meters (60 feet) long that ended at a pool of the same length. After finding steps and the pool that perfectly fit this description, in 2007 Barfield shared news of his discovery with the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA).

IAA was convinced enough to send in an archaeologist to dig at the site. However, Barfield says on the very day they started exploratory work, it was closed down with no explanation given.

Barfield believes they were near the spot mentioned in the second book of Maccabees that described how a group of men led by the prophet Jeremiah hid the Ark of the Covenant in a cave before the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem. They then sealed the cave to hide its location:

Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. (2 Maccabees 2:5).

Though the book of Jeremiah does not mention the prophet smuggling the Ark of the Covenant out of Jerusalem, it seems many Jews suspected he did. Obviously, if Jeremiah did hide the Ark, it would not be something he would broadcast in his writings.





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  1. Jay-Zen says

    Copper Scrolls/Wealth-Prayer:

    Do yourself a favor and save both money and time by Not searching for the Copper Scroll treasures.

    The WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and WHO about the Copper Scroll Treasure is Common Knowledge; and to understand it, one
    must simply read about its historical Provedance. East of the Jordan River where Alexander Jannaeus had military campaigns is
    a place mentioned in the Scroll several times. Kohlit/Kohli; seems to be the city where the treasure is located, making Kohlit yet
    another lost city like El Dorado.

    According to Josephus; Jannaeus or Jannai/Yannai was king of Judea from 103 BC to 76 BC. He was the son of John Hyrcnaus &
    was the High Priest Jonathan; written about as a wicked tyrant in the Talmud, yet established the city of Gamla in 81 BC; as the
    capital for what is now the Golan Heights.

    Yidish religious groups have a very structured Order. A priest for every occasion; including Inventory/Treasurer such as Jannaeus.
    The priest in charge of Treasury not only had access to the riches of the Order/Church, but also took on the responsiblity of praying
    in writting using Hebrew & Aramaic text. Part of these writtings included the “Forgive me for I am Not wealthy enough and at this
    time need to find More wealthy followers.” prayer. Better known as: Samech-Alef-Lamed, which draws sustenance to us for financial

    These Jewish traditions are Yidish in nature; ancient lore in Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine. Priests//Rulers
    were compelled to fulfill & sought out for lack of a better term a wishful prayer; dealing with the responsiblity of being seen humble
    before GOD, while at the same time succesfull as expected by other Priests/Orders; there inability to do more was limited to the
    wealth at hand. It took money; and even now, it takes money, to expand “the Order”.

    Origins according to the Talmud teach: “Be not like the servants who serve their masters for the sake of the wages, but be rather
    like those who serve without thought of receiving wages.” One would think this teaching focuses on humility but Not in combination
    with the ancient concept of aquiring “riches”. This teaching welcomes & attempts to bring forth other peoples wealth. In other words;
    “Don’t work-for/beg the gullibly rich for their money, brain-wash/charm them and take it”. And more power to you if you can accomplish
    it without the actual welcoming of the person or persons; considered less-educated or of a lesser social standing, yet well-off.

    The Copper Scroll is simply, a hopeful Jewish prayer; asking for the proper words needed to persuade future wealthy followers; their
    known wealth, the exact amount they need from each of them and their current Location(s); targeted for persuasion and Cult membership,
    all in the name of Growth/Un-earned-profit/Tithing; in short, premeditated Cult leadership deception and GREED!



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