Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Where is the Second Temple Treasure Hidden?

In Rome or in the West Bank? Or has it already been destroyed?
For centuries, Jews have believed that the ancient treasure of the Second Temple, taken to Rome in the first century CE, stayed in Rome, and that some of it was likely still to be found in Vatican treasuries.

However, according to new research, this assumption may be misplaced.
The trumpets, gold candelabra and the bejewelled Table of the Divine Presence were among pieces shipped to Rome after the looting in AD70 of the Temple, the most sacred building in the ancient Jewish faith.

After a decade of research into previously untapped ancient texts and archaeological sources, Dr Kingsley has reconstructed the treasure’s route for the first time in 2,000 years to provide evidence that it left Rome in the 5th century.

He has discovered that it was taken to Carthage, Constantinople and Algeria before being hidden in the Judaean wilderness, beneath the Monastery of Theodosius.
So, if the treasure is not in Rome as Jews have thought for so long, is it hidden in the West Bank, in Palestinian territory, as Dr. Kingsley believes?

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