Robert Feather's background and training as a Metallurgist and Chartered Engineer has given him a unique insight into the intricacies of `The Copper Scroll', one of the most enigmatic of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Why is Qumran so important in historical and biblical terms? Part of our modern awareness of its significance derives from the spring of 1947 when the first of some 85,000 textual items, ranging from tiny fragments to almost complete scrolls were discovered in hillside caves behind Qumran. They turned out to contain biblical texts, written in ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek from virtually every book of the Old Testament, and as such, predated any previously held Hebrew material by a thousand years. For the first time scholars and theologians had the opportunity to look at parts of the Bible closer to the original, rather than from the Masoretic text handed down over the intervening millennium. There is much of interest in Robert Feather's theories. In March 2002 the BBC screened `The Pharoah's Holy Treasure` on the theory. However, confusion appears to arise in the comparative study of the Hebrew and Egyptian religions. Conventional chronology has led to the assumption Judaism borrowed from Egypt, but who borrowed from who? Since the accepted chronology dates from the earliest days of Egyptology, some of his conclusions are familiar in content. It would be instructive to look at the revised dates for the Amarna period, it makes sense to narrow the time period between Akhenaton and the secreting of the Copper Scroll in the first century.
I have found Robert Feather's ideas, in this book, and "The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran," compelling: I've studied the bible since 1972 and increasingly uncovered disconcerting discrepancies. The great question, "who is/was Jesus?" remained unanswered as contradictory 'proofs' and theories proliferated.
Feather's evidence of the Egyptian roots of monotheism and it's continuum at Qumran outside the Jewish/Christian tradition while open to controversy (as is every idea outside the 'norm')is well attested, well documented and anyone prepared to make an objective study will find more than a little food for thought.
This book has certainly cleared out a lot of the 'clutter of dead leaves' from my understanding of the tumultuous socio/ political/ religious situation pertaining in biblical milieu.
There is a saying, "It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain an idea without accepting it" - those who entertain Feather's cogent writings might well find themselves accepting them.
It is to my chagrin that I have not composed a better review more worthy of some great writing.