The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran
The Copper Scroll--Two Thousand Years In Hiding
Three-and-a-half hours of bumping across the rolling sandy hills of the Judaean Desert is not the easiest way to approach Qumran from Jerusalem. Passing picture-book monasteries in a bleak landscape dotted with rock-strewn mounds and occasional makeshift shelters, you see scenery that has not changed for thousands of years. Stopping on a high point of Mount Muntar to view the pastel shades of Mar Saba Monastery; you turn to find two small, dusky, Arab children and a donkey, who have appeared from nowhere to beg alms and stare...