posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 08:15 AM
How's THIS for a VATICAN CONSPIRACY?
It has been rumoured for decades that the VATICAN has been hiding many incriminating documents and artifacts from Antiquity (additional 1st and early
2nd century gospels for example which portray a "Jesus" not quite in line with what they want to believe about him, i.e. more of a warrior political
Jewish Daviddic Messiah Figure, not the harmless little Rabbi everyone imagined him to be! ) and there have been repeated stores from several sources
claiming again and again that the Vatican has even has carted off several Dead Sea Scrolls (between 1946 and 1960) which will never be shown to the
general public for fear it would undermine the basic tenets of the Christian Faith, by showing that the Dead Sea Sect Community at Qumran (BC 200 to
AD 68) was a a kind of "model for the Church" and that their hero, the socalled Teacher of Righteousness (BC 196 to BC 104) prefigured the
"suffering Righteous martyr" long before "Iesous" ever came to existence.
As for all those Dead Sea Scroll documents that "went missing" (!) after the Vatican came to take a look at them, there is an interesting story
about one scroll in Particular: THE DANIEL SCROLL. Here's how the story is generally told:
There was a CIA employee back in 1948-1949 who was in Damascus (Syria) when he came across an Egyptian dealer in "black market" antiquities
(related to the group around "Kando" who held several of the Cave One Scrolls for a time):
This CIA operative was named Miles Copeland. He and his wife (so the story goes...) actually held in their very hands a 40 foot scroll of a copy of
Daniel which was written (like our book) in both Hebrew and Aramaic according to some of the excerpts he showed to some liguists he knew.
Miles Copeland's title seems to have been something like "American CIA representative to Damascus". The disintegrating scroll was said to have
"come from rock caves near Jericho"
Copeland and his wife agreed to photograph the scroll to see if he could find someone to identify it. The scroll was unrolled on the roof of the
American Legation in Damascus and photographed in a stiff wind that peeled off large chucks of the scroll ends which blew away in the gust.
(OUCH!) . His wife later claimed privately that 30 frames of film were taken, which was not quite enough to cover the entire scroll. One unidentified
American Embassy official in Beirut who saw the photographs is said to have tentatively identified it, yes, as indeed, part of the Old Testament book
At least he could see that part of the Text was in Aramaic and part in Hebrew and it quoted our present day hotchpotch book of Daniel.
According to Miles Copeland's wife, the Egyptian merchant never returned to claim his Scroll, and soon after he photographed the scroll, someone
within the Ecole Biblique (the Vatican controlled Study Group) got wind of the find, came and confiscated all copies of the photographs in his desk
and all photographs, along with the Daniel scroll itself were taken away into the vaults of the Vatican, where it allegedly is housed to this day.
Tiny Fragments of at least 3 other copies of the book of Daniel were eventually found at Qumran in 1952, five years after the reported incident., so
we know the book was important to the Dead Sea Community. These fragments can be dated from about BC 80 to about AD 30 based on the "paleography"
(Herodian writing style)
Since the text of this scroll was so long (Mrs Copeland claimed it was over 40 feet) it must have been more than just the Book of Daniel we know today
in the Masoretic Text (dated 980AD from a single MSS in Leningrad, the "official" version used by most Jews today). The common copy of Daniel could
have been copied onto a scroll of about 25 feet.
Miles was no scholar himself, but he did elicit some opinons from people who knew more about the Dead Sea Scrolls, and several different people
suggested the text might have been a PESHER (verse by verse commentary) on the Book of Daniel which would account for its double length.
Following each verse of a PESHER COMMENTARY SCROLL (e.g. thePesher on Select Psalms for all the Sons of Light in the Last Days, or Pesher on the
Prophet Habakkuk in the Last Days etc.) would be the phrase :
(e.g. "interpreted, this passage refers to all the Sons of Light in the Last Days who have separated themselves from the Sons of Darkness and from
the Wicked Priest who led them to try and harm the Teacher..." etc.)
Who knows how MANY OTHER Dead Sea Scrolls have been hidden from the general public? The Vatican Control Ecole Biblique heavilly censored any findings
from the caves until someone at the Huntington Library in California in 1991 finally decided to allow wider access, and now most of the material is in
print and in modern translation.
But how do we know how much is still being held back?
Do they really think they can stop people from putting two and two together about the more violent tendencies of "Jeeeezzuzzz" i.e. R. Yehoshua bar
Yosef, the Galilean, who was after all, executed during the reign of Tiberius for ARMED SEDITION AGAINST ROME during a Rebellion in AD 36 (the 100th
anniversary of the Roman Invasion under Pompey in 63 BC) ???