The Copper Scroll and the Search For the Temple Treasure
by Hershel Shanks
In the wake of the initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholars and Bedouin scoured the desert caves near Qumran in search of more manuscripts. In 1952 one of those caves produced a unique find—two rolls of copper, now known as the Copper Scroll. Among the 900 scrolls found at Qumran, this is the only that was hammered onto copper. Only four or five Dead Sea Scrolls are complete. This eight-foot long document, an amazing original preserved in the desert caves, is one of them.
Inscribed with 64 locations of buried treasure, massive quantities of gold and silver, the Copper Scroll has proved to be the most intriguing and mysterious of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Author Hershel Shanks, founder of the Biblical Archaeology and the editor of Biblical Archaeology Review provides a comprehensive look at the whole story of the Copper Scroll, from its discovery in the Judean desert to hunts for buried treasure. The treasure has never been found . . . but the hunt goes on! The gold and silver described in the Copper Scroll has an estimated worth of several BILLION dollars! Could it be the treasure of the Jewish Temple?