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The Copper Scroll 3QI5: A Reevaluation: A New Reading, Translation, and Commentary (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, Volume 25) [Hardcover]

By Judah K. Lefkovits (Author)
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Pages   592
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6" Height: 1.8"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004106855  
EAN  9789004106857  

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This volume deals with the Copper Scroll, an almost two thousand year old cryptic proto-Mishnaic Hebrew Dead Sea document. It is the largest known ancient text to have ever been recorded on metal. The Introduction covers the nature and site of the discovery, opening of the two brittle oxidized copper rolls, deciphering the text, controversy about genuineness of the content, etc. The in-depth study presents the primary major studies, and offers a new reading, translation, and interpretation, including alternatives, as well as detailed studies of some unique aspects. The analysis is based on Rabbinical Jewish sources originating largely in the same historical era. This results into a more reliable interpretation of the Copper Scroll which probably originates from the Priestly leaders of Jerusalem, and contains a list of the hidden treasures of the Second Temple before its destruction by the Romans.

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A flawed analysis  Mar 31, 2000
Re my previously submitted Review. If you use it, please alter the word 'eastwards; - 4 lines from the bottom to 'westwards' , and correct the word 'located' in line 10.
A flawed analysis  Mar 31, 2000
Judah Lefkovits is an acknowledged 'expert'on the Copper Scroll and this latest work, in gathering together previous publications by him and others, sets out the currrent position scholarship has reached. In this respect it is a comprehensive and useful survey. However, like many previous studies it resolves none of the puzzling aspects of what was, to the Qumran-Essenes, probably their most important document. Why does the text contain so many paleo-Hebrew connections, unique word structures, a numbering system unknown in Judaea, weight terms which appear to be absurd, detailed references to places no-one has been able to positively identify, and treasures no-one has locaetd. Lefkovits goes deeply into all these puzzles, but comes out with no satisfactory answers, because he,like previous scholars, bases his study on flawed assumptions. For example, the weight terms in the Copper Scroll, written as a Hebrew Khaff, are read as as Biblical Talents equivalent to about 35kg. This gives totals of 25tonnes of gold and 65tonnes of silver,where weight terms are listed. John Allegro, the first scholar to translate the Copper Scroll into English, back in 1955-56,immediately realised the weight term could not be a Talent and arbitrarily downgraded it to a lower unit. One only has to look in the Old Testament to the first reference to Talents, in Exodus 38 to see that each curtain socket for the Tabernacle required one Talent. The use of 35kg of silver per sockect would have been absurd and the entire structure would have collpased under the weight of 3500kg (3.5tonnes)of silver. Similarly terms like 'nahal hagadol', translated by Lefkovits and others as 'great river', are meaningless in the context of Qumran and Jerusalem. All these problems are resolved if the basic premise for treasure locations is shifted eastwards, and Egyptian influences taken into account. Not only are they resolved, the strange Greek letters become clear,and some of the treasure is located, as descibed in my book ' The Copper Scroll Decoded'

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