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What if someone could decipher an ancient mystery…a cryptic map that would lead us to the greatest treasures and archaeological finds in modern history? What if that someone had already done it? Welcome to…The Copper Scroll Project.
Headed up by Jim Barfield of Apache, Oklahoma and Chris Knight of Dallas, Texas. The Copper Scroll Project is already in full swing. From meetings to archaeological digs, this is a project that you don’t want to miss out on. Stay connected via our website to all the going ons that have to do with the Copper Scroll project and its team members.
Between 160-200 tons of gold and silver potentially lurk
> under the Judean hills and Negev sands. Their estimated
> worth is over $2 billion today. Whatever the tonnage may be,
> the significance of the archaeological discoveries would be
> far greater than any monetary value. Barfield notes that the
> Copper Scroll offers the greatest chance ever to locate lost
> sacred objects used for worship in the first Jewish Temple.
I want you to meet the guy who has cracked the
code on the Copper Scroll. His name is Jim Barfield a small-town Oklahoma man with impressive posture, Barfield sports long (really long) gray
hair and a full goatee. His partner in ”The Copper Scroll
Project” is Chris Knight, another long-haired fellow who
speaks softly and possesses a gentle demeanor. He shares the
same look of confidence and conviction that Barfield exudes
as they talk about the Scroll.
What’s the Copper Scroll?”
“A treasure map,” Barfield answered, ”from the prophet
The Copper Scroll was discovered in 1952 in one of the
> Qumran caves along the Dead Sea. Though part of the official
> Dead Sea Scrolls Collection, the Copper Scroll differs from
> the others in that it is written entirely on thin sheets of
> alloyed copper rather than papyrus or leather. Furthermore,
> the Copper Scroll is neither scriptural nor literary, but
> rather a detailed list of approximately sixty locations
> where vast amounts of gold, silver, coins, vessels, and
> other religious artifacts are hidden. Such Temple treasures
> might also include the Ark of the Covenant.
> THE SCROLL was found rolled in two parts and badly
> oxidized. Fearing it would crumble like thin glass, experts
> debated for four years over the best way to open it. Finally
> the Scroll was sent to a lab in Manchester, England where
> they cut it into twenty-three strips with a high-speed saw.
> Photographs of the strips were taken, and then, since the
> scroll had been found during an expedition sponsored by the
> Jordan Department of Antiquities, the pieces were sent back
> to the country.
Barfield Believes created during the First Temple period. His hypothesis
> derives from the Second Book of Maccabees, as well as a
> lesser known seventeenth century book called Emek Hamelech
> (“Valley of the King”). These two works tell the story of
> the prophet Jeremiah who, with the help of five Holy men,
> one named Shimur Halevi, carefully hid the holy objects of
> the Temple to protect them from the conquering Babylonians,
> and documented those locations on a copper tablet.
> The Copper Scroll is a difficult text to understand.
> Written in an early form of Mishnaic Hebrew, many of the
> words used in the Scroll are unfamiliar to scholars because
> they do not appear in any other biblical or rabbinical
> texts. The scribe’s handwriting is sloppy and hurried,
> forcing paleographers to make competing guesses as to the
> scribe’s intention. Most of the locations detailed in the
> Scroll are obscure references, and are too narrow in their
> specificity to be known outside of that time period. The
> list speaks of tombs, dry wells, caves, and pools belonging
> to forgotten people and places.
> For example, the Scroll writes ”Sixty-five bars of gold lie
> on the third terrace in the cave of the old Washer’s House,”
> and again, ”Seventy talents of silver are enclosed in a
> wooden vessel in the cistern of a burial chamber in Matia’s
> courtyard.” Adding to the puzzle, next to seven of the
> locations listed on the Scroll, there are two or three
> random Greek letters. I asked Barfield if somehow he had
> discovered the identity of the ”old Washer,” or if he found
> a secret code associated with the Greek letters. He said
> cracking the code was more direct than that. ”Others have
> applied too much of their pre-conceived theories,” he said,
> “and just get lost in the details.”
Barfield said he had deciphered the first location, and twenty minutes later he identified
> the next four locations. He and his wife took their first
> trip to Israel to confirm whether the sites and places that
> he had identified actually existed. ”I wanted to make sure I
> wasn’t just imagining things,” Barfield said. It took six
> months for Barfield to crack the code for the rest of the
> locations. He then boarded a plane, and delivered
> his report directly into the hands of the Israel Antiquities
> Authority (IAA) in Jerusalem.While an abundance of red tape is normally
> standard when organizing an expedition in the most
> religiously sensitive and politically fragile climate in the
> world, Barfield secured a permit with relative ease.
He will be searching for one of the Scroll’s priority locations
> beginning this winter
> BARFIELD SAYS he is 99 percent certain that he has
> identified 56 of the 60 locations of the Copper Scroll; the
> other four he maintains only slight reservations. He readily
> admits, however, that he can not be sure the sites have not
> already been found and looted over the last 2,000 years.
Both Barfield and Knight describe themselves as Torah
> observant Christians with a sincere love for Israel and the
> Jewish people. Their central desire in getting involved with
> the Copper Scroll was to return the treasure of the Scroll
> to its rightful owners: the nation of Israel. In a phone
> interview with Barfield we discussed the implications of
> actually finding something on the expedition. I also noted
> that the finder’s fee for such an achievement would be
> considerable. ”If God has selected me to do this,” Barfield
> replied, ”He gave it to a guy that just doesn’t give a darn
> about wealth.
> “My children and grandchildren love God and I just want it
> to stay that way,” he continued. ”I want to return these
> items to Israel and what they do from that point is up to