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The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran: The Essene Record of the Treasure of Akhenaten Kindle Edition

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“Robert Feather has been able to uncover the first link between Akhenaten and the Qumran community, through the Copper Scroll. This new evidence will completely change our understanding of the relationship between biblical Moses and historical Akhenaten.” (Ahmed Osman, author of Moses and Akhenaten)

“Empowered with technical expertise and tenacious research, Robert Feather stimulates excited debate with The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran.” (Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant)

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DEAD SEA SCROLLS / ANCIENT EGYPT

“Robert Feather has been able to uncover the first link between Akhenaten and the Qumran community, through the Copper Scroll. This new evidence will completely change our understanding of the relationship between biblical Moses and historical Akhenaten.”
--Ahmed Osman, author of Moses and Akhenaten

“Empowered with technical expertise and tenacious research, Robert Feather stimulates excited debate with The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran.”
--Christopher Dunn, author of The Giza Power Plant

The Dead Sea Scrolls comprise the oldest collection of biblical documents ever discovered. Of the Dead Sea Scrolls, none has baffled experts more than the Copper Scroll, discovered in 1952 by a team of Bedouin led by Henri de Contenson of the École Biblique in East Jerusalem. Appearing to be a list of buried treasure engraved on copper pieces, the Copper Scroll has long been considered to be the work of a devout, secretive Jewish sect, the Essenes, who lived by the Dead Sea around the time of Jesus. Metallurgist Robert Feather demonstrates, however, that the weights and numbering systems used in the Copper Scroll are actually Egyptian in origin. He further shows how Greek characters inserted into the text of the Copper Scroll make clear references to the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten.

Feather’s findings support theories that the original priests of Akhenaten continued to pass on his religious teachings of monotheism and that those teachings directly impacted the theological evolution of ancient Judaism. Decoded, the Copper Scroll also indicates the existence of a completely independent sect of pious Hebrew priests that preserved the original practices of Ahkenaten-influenced Judaism.

This fascinating study takes the reader on a journey from ancient Mesopotamia, through Canaan, into Egypt, and back to the shores of the Dead Sea in order to explore the wide-reaching implications of the Copper Scroll. The author suggests the locations of most of the treasures listed on the scroll; explores further links between the Essenes of Qumran and other Jewish sects, such as the Ethiopian Jews; and provides a fresh understanding of the origins of monotheism--the basis of the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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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  • File Size: 5670 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First North American Edition of The Copper Scroll Decoded edition (June 23, 2003)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082CXO7Y
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Robert Feather on May 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the reviews of my book, by an anonymous reader, states I have some responsibility for recent damage at Amarna by treasure hunters, because I suggest possible locations of treasure in my book.
Firstly the recent damage was to boundary stelae, which I never suggested were treasure locations. Not even an idiot blows up a place where he or she is looking for valuables. This was clearly an act of vandalism in a region where political dissension and resentment has an ongoing history. Robbery at Amarna, and for that matter tombs and historical sites across Egypt has been going on for thousands of years, and is still going on. Am I responsible for these too? I deplore these acts. Patently it is nonsense and small minded to suggest anyone should stop indicating the possible location of artefacts. There are dozens of books and articles on the treasures of the Copper Scroll, citing possible places of treasures. Are they all to be withdrawn from publication - not to mention every other work that postulates potential new places where something important lies hidden.
The nameless reader claims the book contains fabrications. I challenge him, or her, to say what has been fabricated. A number of eminent scholars, including Professor Harold Ellens, of Michigan University, Drs Minna and Kenneth Lonnqvist, University of Helsinki, and many more, have come out and backed my central theory and the evidence is pilling up that there was indeed a connection from Amarna to the Second Temple Israelite period, and specifically to the Qumran-Essenes.
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Brown on September 4, 2004
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 How interesting to see the author of the book post his own review. It reminds you that an actual person was responsible for the words therein. I am currently working on a report about this book for my Seminary class on the Dead Sea Scrolls. "The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran" presents convincing arguments, and the proposed revision of speculated history makes sense, on the whole. I would guess that Mr. Feather's inferences that were based on actual scholarship (chapters 1-3) are mostly correct. This would include an original theory about the weights and numbering system of the Copper Scroll (which would fall into his area of expertise, metallurgy). Chapters 4-20, however, though not pure fabrication (ie The DaVinci Code) as an earlier reviewer suggested, can only be classified as conjecture based on
circumstantial evidence and human imagination. Are the conclusions possible? Yes. In fact, that's the extent of the evidence provided for some of these conclusions. Often times, he will preface an argument with something along the lines of "it's not inconceivable..." Chapter 20 is an absolute farce. Throughout my reading, I was looking forward to the "Academic and Scholarly Reaction", only to discover that most of the academic and scholarly reactions are from the author himself. Finally, a couple of scholars confirm that the ideas presented are "not unreasonable".

The stated purpose of the book is to unlock the mystery of the copper scroll. In actuality, about three quarters of the book is devoted to proving that Judaism (and ultimately Christianity and Islam) came, not from God, but from Egyptian Pharaohs who passed their philosophies on to three patriarchs (Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rhett Penderbrox on October 23, 2011
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The copper scroll, is a burial list of gold, silver and other assets found 2km from Qumran near the Dead Sea. This book by Feather, it well researched about the facts of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Copper Scroll. But his logic and conclusions don't follow archaeological evidence or the context of the events in 66 AD. They are way off in left field and try to tie into Egyptology. An amusing distraction, but if you want to learn about the copper scrolls, you can strike this book off your reading list.
Far better would be Copper Scroll Studies (Academic Paperback) or Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26, 2012
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Although this book was first published almost 10 years ago, recent discoveries at Qumran make it even more important today for us to correctly understand that the history of ALL Western religions (Judaism, Catholicism, Protestant and Islam) began in Egypt. While substantial evidence has now been accumulated to clearly establish that the root and foundation of monotheism, and especially Judaism, come directly from the 18th Dynasty Egyptian pharaohs, culminating in Akhenaten's decree and move of the Egyptian capital to Amarna, current theologians are extremely reluctant to concede or even discuss this fact in an open forum. Shame on them all. Robert Feather is an outstanding scholar. This book is an absolute MUST-READ for anyone interested in understanding the true roots and beginning of Western monotheism. It didn't begin with Abraham and the Old Testament patriarchs as is now incorrectly declared. That is a modern myth. Don't believe me? Read the confirming evidence in this important book. Robert Steven Thomas, author: Intelligent Intervention

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By EGR on November 16, 2004
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A must read for anyone interested in the mystery behind the Dead Sea Scrolls. Well researched and scholarly yet reads as easily as a good mystery novel. Establishes the Egyptian roots of Judaic monotheism. Though found at Qumran, the copper scroll lists treasures hidden in Akhenaten's city, modern Tel-el-Amarna, Egypt. As a metalurgist and scholar Feather brings intelligence and knowledge together to establish the Egyptian source of this enigmatic artifact. I highly recommend it.
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