posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 08:50 AM
The highly corroded Copper "Treasure" Scroll (3Q15) was found in Cave #3 at Qumran broken in two parts in 1952. (it was found all by its lonesome in
2 separate pieces in Qumran Cave #3 near a collapsed wall).
It was written in quite a different script than normal, often mixing Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek letters and numbers together. Some kind of Code was
certainly used as well to judge by its weird and highly abbreviated language.
The Two Halves of the Scroll were later cut up into strips and unravelled in order to be read, having been taken to in Manchester England in the 1950s
under the auspices of the Aramaic linguist Mr John Allegro, of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross fame.
It was the only "Dead Sea Scroll" found in any of the caves that to be engraved and stamped with a special metal stylus on Copper Sheets (although
it made reference to another sister-text).
The Scroll mentions various caches of GOLD, SILVER and ancient/valuable Cultic Implements used in the Temple taken and hidden in various places all
around Palestine by the Saduccees (Tsadokite priests in the Temple of YHWH in Jerusalem in AD 70): here's an example
"In the Valley of Achor where there is a Fortress : 40 cubits from the Steps entering to the east is a chest, its contents: 17 talents of
This Copper Scroll was apparently missed by earlier robbers of the Cave 3 in Antiquity (in AD 217 and possibly again in AD 790)
Cave #3 had long been picked clean (probably back in the cave's original discovery way back in AD 217, which was described by Origen) and the Cave
originally must have housed at least 30 scrolls in jars in antiquity (to judge from the number of jar fragments, indendations in the bat dung and
fragmetns of tiny scroll title tabs laying around.
Here is how the AD 217 "discovery" of Cave 3 goes which mentions that documents were taken out of the caves:
"...Toward the middle of the year 225 AD the learned church father Origen had made use of a Greek LXX translation of the Old Testament that had been
found 'together with other Hebrew and Greek books in a jar in a ROCK CAVE near Jericho'.
Origen wrote that this find had been made during the reign of Antoninus Severus (i.e., Caracalla) who ruled from A.D. 211 to 217."
- Norman Golb, Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?, (1995) p. 101
Nearby caves (probably Cave #2 and Caves #5-9) were later cleaned out, having been discovered to contain Dead Sea Scrolls as early as 790AD
"The dog of a hunting Arab...entered a cave and did not come out. His master followed him and found a dwelling within the rocks, in which were many
books. The hunter went to Jerusalem and informed the Jews. They came in throngs and found books of the Old Testament and others in Hebrew script."
- Nestorian Patriarch Timotheus I of Seleucia in a letter mentioning an incident 'near Jericho' (aprox. 800 C.E.)
Presumably the Romans back during the Jewish Revolt (AD 66-AD 72) got ahold of a similar copy of a Treasure List and (under torture?) the Levitical
priestly-hiders of the Treasury of Jersualem eventually coughed up where these stashes of gold and silver were buried: we can surmise that the Romans
got a hold of a great deal of the stuff from the fact that the VALUE OF GOLD in Syria suddenly plummettted 40% in AD 72-73 after the Jewish War
against Rome was finally over, and Jerusalem was virtually levelled to powder.
If you can believe what you read in the Copper scroll, there was a lot of precious metal being hoarded in Jerusalem during the 2nd temple period (BC
250 to AD 70). Foregin countries,m it was said, used the Temple of Jerusalem as their Central Bank as a "safe place" to make gold and silver
deposits. No wonder the Temple Treasury was the favourite spot for R. Yeshoshua bar Yosef the Galilean ("Jeeezzuzz") to sit across from when he was
giving moral lessons on Mammonah to his disciples !
Who knows if a few of these buried caches of Temple Treasure are still hidden somewhere?