Friday 3 April 2020

The Copper Scroll(s) (Jordan, 1974)

This is awesome! The Copper Scroll is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered by archaeologists in 1952 in a cave at Qumran. The other Dead Sea Scrolls are on papyrus but this one is, literally, etched in copper. It was found in two pieces and originally thought to be two scrolls, but later analysis suggests it’s just one.

As for what it says: it contains a list of 64 locations. At 63 of them, it says that caches of gold or silver are buried, along with other vessels, scrolls and assorted ancient goodies. At the 64th location? A duplicate of the scroll.

It sounds like the start of a great thriller so I’m going to let you write the rest of the story yourselves. Have fun!

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