Black Spirituality Religion : Akenaten and the copper scroll

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    Mystery Of 'Copper' Dead Sea
    Scroll Unravels
    By Claudia Joseph
    The Independent - London

    It is a mystery that has baffled religious scholars for 50 years. Now the secret of the Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, may finally be unravelled. Robert Feather, a member of the Institute of Metallurgists, will claim in a television documentary tonight that he has cracked the secret code of the Copper Scroll. Mr Feather rejects current thinking that the copper document was written by the Essenes monastic sect 2,000 years ago. A member of the Jewish Historical Society, and the Egypt Exploration Society, Mr Feather believes the engraved scroll, which lists treasures buried in the Holy Land, is written in Egyptian not in Hebrew. He suggests it can be traced back to the monotheistic court of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti in Amarna 600 miles south of the Dead Sea and halfway down the Nile between Cairo and Luxor. He is lobbying the Egyptian antiquities department for permission to excavate the site. The location of the treasures themselves has baffled scholars. Mr Feather makes a convincing argument for his theories in tonight's BBC2 programme, The Pharaoh's Holy Treasure, but his claims are hotly contested by other academics. "If the numbering system is Egyptian and the weights system makes sense using Egyptian weights, then why not look to Egypt? It's the logical thing to do. Virtually every major character in the Old Testament spent huge amounts of time in Egypt born there, lived there, or influenced by Egypt. It's an undeniable fact of the Jewish religion that Egypt was a powerful force throughout its early history," said Mr Feather. The Copper Scroll was discovered, in March 1952, by a team of Jordanian and French archaeologists. It was broken into twochunks and hidden in a cave in Qumran, Israel. Later, scientists, finding it too brittle to unroll, sliced it into 23 segments. The scroll was 30cm wide and, in total, 21/2m long. Historians deduced that the text, engraved down 12 columns and listing 64 caches of treasure from gold bars to silver ingots, was written in Hebrew, but they were mystified by the figures of 25 tonnes of gold and 65 tonnes of silver more than the entire amount mined worldwide at the time of the engraving. Mr Feather, who is married with two children and lives in north London, believes he has found new clues in the text. One is the inverted "u" for the number 10, which indicates that the engraving was Egyptian and that the measure was the 10.2gm Egyptian kite rather than the 35kgm Hebrew kikha, making the total treasure a much more credible 7.5kg of gold and 19.2kg of silver. He has also discovered that the 14 Greek letters spell the name Akhenaten the Pharaoh, who was crowned Ahmenotep the fourth but changed his name to mean "servant of the sun disc" after decreeing there was only one God Aten. "The back of my neck was tingling. It was just one of those moments of incredible excitement because no one had ever before cracked this Greek cryptic puzzle," said Mr Feather, who backs his theory by interpreting the scroll's words "Great River"not as the River Jordan but as the River Nile. He has also weighed the gold bars found at the part of the archaeological site known as Crock of Gold Square, and the treasures discovered in Queen Nefertiti's tomb, and believes they match the spoils identified in the Copper Scroll.
    Mystery Of 'Copper' Dead Sea Scroll Unravels

    The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran: The Essene Record of the Treasure of Akhenaten by Robert Feather First North American Edition of The Copper Scroll Decoded ISBN 1-59143-014-3 Bear & Company 384 pages, 6 x 9 16-page color insert and 42 b & w illustrations Paper, $20.00 (CAN $31.95) About the Book About the Author Table of Contents Reviews Excerpt Ordering <../ordinfo.htm> Return to Inner Traditions' homepage <../index.htm>

    About the Book Introduces a radical new perspective on the historical foundations of monotheism, based on the enigma of the Copper Scroll of the Essenes. * Confirms the link between ancient Judaism and the pharoah Akhenaten. * Decodes the system of measurements encrypted on the Copper Scroll that has confounded scholars for over 50 years, leading to the identification of fabulous lost treasures. * Points to a radical new understanding of the origins of monotheism. The famous Dead Sea Scrolls comprise the oldest collection of Biblical documents ever discovered. Of the Dead Sea Scrolls, none has baffled experts more than the 2,000-year-old Copper Scroll, discovered in 1952 by a team of Bedouin led by Henri de Contenson of the Ecole Biblique in East Jerusalem. Appearing to be a list of buried treasure engraved on copper pieces, the Copper Scroll is considered to be the work of a secretive Jewish sect of devout Essenes, who lived by the Dead Sea around the time of Jesus. No one has been able to explain its meaning or discover any of the 64 locations where the Biblical treasures it lists were buried. Robert Feather, combining his background as a metallurgist with his journalistic expertise, has unraveled the enigma of the Copper Scroll in a fascinating study that takes the reader on a journey from ancient Mesopotamia, through Canaan, into Egypt, and back to the shores of the Dead Sea. His exploration links the scroll to the ancient Egyptian king Akhenaten, confirming a long suspected influence of this pharaoh's religious beliefs on those of the Hebrews. The author's findings not only reveal the locations of most of the treasures listed on the Copper Scroll, but they also point to a radical new understanding of the origins of monotheism--the basis of the three great religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
    About the Author Robert Feather is a metallurgist, journalist, and scholar of world religions. He is the founding editor of The Metallurgist and editor of Weighing and Measuring. He lives in London.
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    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "His exploration links the scroll to the ancient Egyptian king Akhenaten, confirming long suspected influence of this pharaoh's religious beliefs on those of the Hebrews."

    This is a matter on consequence considering the Hebrews were part of the mercenary armies of Horemheb which usurped the Amarna Revolution.
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