The Copper Scroll is real. It is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here are some things we know about it:
- It’s made of copper
- There are references to four copies of the scroll
- Copper was very expensive at the time it was made
- The artisan who engraved it may have been illiterate working from someone else’s writing.
- It is a treasure map describing treasures of gold and silver, ivory and fancy clothing
- The references make no sense in the context of Israel.
- The references make sense in the Land of Goshen in Egypt where the Hebrews lived before the Exodus.
- The Egyptian government will not allow archaeological investigations in Goshen for fear that they would turn up evidence of ancient Hebrews who departed for Palestine. Muslims hold that Hebrews are a European race who have no home in the Middle East.
- After the 10 Plagues, the Egyptians were so anxious to see the Hebrews depart that they made them great gifts of gold and silver. Where did this treasure go?
- Exodus 12:33-36 (ESV)
33 The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.”
34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders.
35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing.
36 And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
- Richard the Lionheart and the Knights Templar invaded Egypt but got no further than the Land of Goshen.