Published by Morgan James, The Copper Scroll Project tells the story of Barfield’s decade-long quest to uncover Qumran’s secrets―the lost treasures of the Jerusalem temple―and show the world that the Dead Sea Scrolls were merely the tip of the archaeological iceberg.
After nearly a decade of writing, the remarkable story of one man’s quest to decipher the ancient map leading to the gold and silver Temple vessels is being published.
Shelley Neese, vice president of the Jerusalem Connection, became involved in the story over a decade ago and has spent nearly eight years writing the The Copper Scroll Project, the story of an unlikely hero who may have unraveled one of history’s most enduring mysteries.
“I first wrote about Jim Barfield, an arson investigator from Oklahoma, and his Copper Scroll research for a 2009 Jerusalem Post Metro Edition cover story. I spent the next six years quietly documenting every central event of his excavations as they unfolded, and those chronicles now make up my debut book: The Copper Scroll Project. To be honest, this story is so inherently exciting that anyone could have written this book. I am forever grateful to be that anyone”.
Discovered in 1952 near Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea, the Copper Scroll is unlike the other Dead Sea Scrolls which are mostly religious manuscripts written on parchment. The Copper Scroll, as its name suggests, is engraved on a thin sheet of copper. And, in contrast to the others, the Copper Scroll is a list of gold and silver items and the 64 locations where they can be found.
Many archaeologists believe the Copper Scroll is an inventory from the Second Temple.In addition to gold and silver, Temple vessels and priestly vestments are listed. No archaeologist has ever succeeded in deciphering the directions contained in the Copper Scroll and finding the treasure.
The book follows the efforts of Jim Barfield, a man who, at first glance, seems entirely unsuited to search for the Temple artifacts, but whose unique skills may have solved one of history’s most enduring mysteries. Barfield, a Noahide who speaks no Hebrew, also has no background in archaeology. A retired criminal investigator for the Oklahoma Fire Department, Barfield was used to patiently sifting through the ashes to find the truth.
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The Copper Scroll Project tells the story of an Oklahoma arson investigator, Jim Barfield, who sets off on a decade-long quest to uncover Qumran’s secrets―the lost treasures of the Jerusalem temple―and show the world that the Dead Sea Scrolls were merely the tip of the archaeological iceberg. Through a series of breakthroughs and setbacks, Barfield’s Copper Scroll Project becomes inadvertently tethered to Israel’s modern battle for the Temple Mount. The Copper Scroll Project is the one remaining witness to a covert operation to rescue Temple tithes and vessels before foreign invaders overran Jerusalem’s city gates. Could secrets contained in the most enigmatic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll, hold the keys to one of the greatest treasures in Israel’s history?
A member of the Jewish National Fund’s Speaker’s Bureau, Shelley is an experienced public speaker and is available to speak at your church, synagogue, or organization. She has a passion to educate Christians on the spiritual, historical, and moral reasons why they should actively support Israel.
Author Shelley Neese: A member of the Jewish National Fund’s Speaker’s Bureau, Shelley is an experienced public speaker and is available to speak at your church, synagogue, or organization. She has a passion to educate Christians on the spiritual, historical, and moral reasons why they should actively support Israel.