The treasure of the scroll has been assumed to be treasure of the jewish temple some scholars have claimed it belonged to the first temple destroyed by nebuchadnezzar king of babylon in 586 bc however the scroll has been dated to between 25 ad and 100 ad which suggests that this hypothesis is unlikely. The copper scroll and the search for the temple treasure tells the intriguing story of two copper rolls now known as the copper scroll discovered in the judean desert more than 50 years ago most scholars agree this unique scroll describes the treasures of the jerusalem temple that were buried shortly before 70 ce when the roman legions . Allegro was of just the opposite belief and with good reason the treasure stories from the first temple period were works of literature the copper scroll had all the literary value of a tax return it had no preamble no story no famous figure hiding legendary relics. The copper scroll and the search for the temple treasure by hershel shanks in the wake of the initial discovery of the dead sea scrolls scholars and bedouin scoured the desert caves near qumran in search of more manuscripts in 1952 one of those caves produced a unique find two rolls of copper now known as the copper scroll
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