interest groups don’t want you to know about them. But let’s face it: If someone
tells you not to look at something, isn’t that the first thing you want to do? Well,
many interest groups don’t want you to look, or at least, not too deeply. Visit
the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibits, admire their preservation, appreciate their
antiquity, but then move on to the Phoenician glass exhibit. Do anything but
delve into the scrolls’ history, their meaning. Some scholars who have
disclosed secrets contrary to the sanctioned “official version” have claimed
the whistleblower punishment of academic persecution. Are free-thinkers like
Robert Eisenman and Michael Baigent quacks, as Israel’s religious authorities would
like us to believe, or clear-minded scholars who sound the call of reason?
Eisenman’s The Dead Sea Scrolls and the
First Christians makes clear his lofty level of scholarship, while Baigent
and Leigh’s The Dead Sea Scrolls
Deception renders plausible the claim of a “conspiracy of consensus.” For
several decades, scholars decried Israel’s delay in releasing the
scrolls to the public; the work of these authors, among others, provides
powerful evidence to support the theory of an academic scandal. Why were Israel’s
authorities so slow to release the Dead Sea Scrolls? If you believe the
revisionist scholars, Judaic and Trinitarian Christian authorities have good
reason to fear the secrets of the scrolls.
When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project discovers a heretical message contained in one of the Scrolls he hides it. Decades later, a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll … or die trying.