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Episode: Jehovah’s Treasure, Part 1
In the first of this three-part series on the Temple treasures with Dr. Jeffrey Seif and journalist David Dolan, archaeologist Oren Gutfeld describes the building of two tunnels in the Judean desert.
Series: “Jehovah’s Treasure”
The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant and Temple Treasures
Five years in the making, Jehovah’s Treasure uniquely documents the unearthing of two extraordinary tunnels in the Judean Desert. Is history finally about to unleash its most profound desert secrets?

Caption transcript for Jehovah’s Treasure: Part 1 (1/3)

  • 00:03 IN A REMOTE TUNNEL DEEP WITHIN THE JUDEAN DESERT
  • 00:07 AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF A PRICELESS TREASURE.
  • 00:15 IT STARTED WITH ABRAHAM
  • 00:17 WAS ASSEMBLED BY MOSES
  • 00:19 ENSHRINED BY KING SOLOMON
  • 00:23 ITS FAME WOULD SUMMON KINGS AND BECKON PHARAOHS
  • 00:27 ITS GLORY RAVAGE FOREIGN GODS
  • 00:34 WHAT WAS THE SOURCE OF THIS MIGHT?
  • 00:38 IS HISTORY ABOUT TO UNLEASH ITS DESERT SECRETS?
  • 00:48 THE QUEST FOR THE TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 00:51 AND THE ARK OF THE COVENANT...
  • 00:53 JEHOVAH'S TREASURE
  • 01:01 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU
  • 01:03 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 01:05 WELCOME TO A SPECIAL, VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:11 THIS WILL BE THE FIRST IN A THREE PART TREATMENT OF THE BIBLE'S LOST TREASURES.
  • 01:18 WE'RE GOING TO GO EXPLORE THE WORLD OF THE SINAI,
  • 01:22 MAKING OUR WAY TO JERUSALEM
  • 01:24 AS WE LOOK FOR THE ARK OF THE COVENANT AND THE TEMPLE TREASURES.
  • 01:28 OFF WE GO NOW ON LOCATION.
  • 01:36 (Narrator) THE JUDEAN DESERT IN CENTRAL ISRAEL
  • 01:39 EVER-CHANGING,
  • 01:41 EVER THE SAME,
  • 01:43 TIMELESS
  • 01:45 ARCHAEOLOGIST OREN GUTFELD HAS COME HERE TO UNRAVEL AN ENIGMA
  • 01:49 THAT HAS THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMMUNITY PUZZLED.
  • 01:53 BETWEEN 1947 AND 1956,
  • 01:56 THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS WERE DISCOVERED NEARBY IN THE CAVES OF QUMRAN.
  • 02:02 ONE PARTICULAR SCROLL HINTS THAT THERE ARE TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 02:06 BURIED WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THIS DESERT ROAD.
  • 02:11 WE ARE AT THE (SPEAKING HEBREW), SHILOH VALLEY.
  • 02:14 UNDER THE FORTRESS OF HYRCANIA,
  • 02:16 A FORTRESS THAT WAS BUILT BY THE HASMONEAN
  • 02:19 AND REBUILT BY HEROD THE GREAT IN THE END OF THE 2ND CENTURY B.C. AND THE 1ST CENTURY B.C.
  • 02:26 AND WE ARE DIGGING ACTUALLY TWO TUNNELS.
  • 02:30 VERY, VERY INTERESTING TUNNELS THAT WE'RE DIGGING FOR A FEW YEARS NOW.
  • 02:38 (Narrator) RISING HIGH ABOVE GUTFELD'S TUNNELS ARE THE ROCKY SLOPES OF MOUNT HYRCANIA.
  • 02:44 ATOP THE MOUNTAIN RESTS THE REMAINS OF THE STONE FORTRESS,
  • 02:49 ONE OF SEVEN SUCH STRONGHOLDS BUILT IN THE 1ST AND 2ND CENTURY B.C.
  • 02:54 IT WAS A SETTING FIT FOR A KING.
  • 02:57 COMPLETE WITH AN AQUEDUCT, A SWIMMING POOL, AND FRESH WATER
  • 03:02 WHICH FLOWED FROM A SPRING LOCATED 10 MILES AWAY IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM.
  • 03:12 (David Dolan) I'M UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES AND BELOW ME IS THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 03:18 (Narrator) AUTHOR/JOURNALIST DAVID DOLAN MOVED TO JERUSALEM IN 1980.
  • 03:22 (David Dolan) THE SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS
  • 03:25 PUTTING ON A NEW GOLD TOP ON THE DOME OF THE ROCK SHRINE BEHIND ME.
  • 03:31 (Narrator) HE RESIDES WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY
  • 03:34 AND REPORTS REGULARLY ON THE EVENTS OF THE REGION.
  • 03:39 UNREST IN THE AREA HAS BEEN A FREQUENT REALITY,
  • 03:42 BUT FOR DAVID, THE OPPORTUNITY OF LIVING IN THIS ANCIENT, HOLY CITY HAS BEEN REWARD ENOUGH.
  • 03:51 (David Dolan) JERUSALEM, A PLACE THAT CONJURES UP THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
  • 03:54 AND ITS VERY HEART IS LOCATED RIGHT BEHIND ME.
  • 03:58 THERE IS PERHAPS NO OTHER SIGHT ON EARTH THAT IS ANY MORE HOLY OR ANY MORE FOUGHT OVER.
  • 04:03 IT'S REFERRED TO EARLY IN THE BIBLE AS MOUNT MORIAH
  • 04:07 AND LATER CAME TO BE CALLED THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 04:10 TOPOGRAPHICALLY IT'S NOT MUCH OF A MOUNT,
  • 04:13 BUT THE ACCOUNTS OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE ARE MORE THAN MONUMENTAL.
  • 04:18 WE'RE TOLD THAT AT ONE POINT IN TIME, THE LORD GOD, JEHOVAH CHOSE THIS LITTLE TRACK OF LAND
  • 04:24 TO BE HIS VERY RESIDENCE ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 04:27 THE TEMPLE BUILT TO HONOR HIM CONTAINED PRICELESS ARTIFACTS USED IN WORSHIP...
  • 04:31 A VERITABLE TREASURE HOUSE OF GOLD AND SILVER.
  • 04:35 AND CENTRAL TO IT ALL WAS THE MOST HOLY OBJECT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN...
  • 04:39 THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
  • 04:41 THIS IS THE ACCOUNT OF THAT PRICELESS TREASURE.
  • 04:44 HOW IT WOUND UP HERE IN JERUSALEM
  • 04:46 AND ITS ENDURING SIGNIFICANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
  • 04:52 (Narrator) AND THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES,
  • 04:54 MAKE AN ARK OF WOOD,
  • 04:56 OVERLAY IT WITH PURE GOLD,
  • 04:59 MAKE UPON IT A CROWN OF GOLD ROUND ABOUT,
  • 05:02 AND THOU SHALT MAKE FOUR RINGS OF GOLD
  • 05:04 AND STAVES AND TWO CHERUBIM.
  • 05:07 AND I WILL COMMUNE WITH THEE FROM ABOVE THE MERCY SEAT, FROM BETWEEN THE TWO CHERUBIM
  • 05:12 OF ALL THE THINGS THAT I WILL GIVE THEE UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
  • 05:31 WE'RE LOOKING AT TEMPLE TREASURES, TRUE.
  • 05:34 THE GREATEST TREASURE OF ALL IN THE BIBLE, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, ARE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 05:39 AND WE WANT TO LOOK AT THAT STORY.
  • 05:41 AND OLD FRIEND, CBS CORRESPONDENT, DAVID DOLAN HELPS TELL THAT STORY.
  • 05:45 HE IS AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE,
  • 05:48 AN OLD FRIEND TO THIS MINISTRY
  • 05:50 AND NEW FRIEND OF YOURS NOW AS WE HEAR HIM AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT JEHOVAH'S TREASURES.
  • 05:57 (David Dolan) ACCORDING TO THE BIBLICAL TEXT
  • 05:59 THE STORY OF A COVENANT WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BEGINS LONG BEFORE MOSES.
  • 06:06 EARLY IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS,
  • 06:08 THE BIBLE TELLS US OF A LONG JOURNEY MADE BY ABRAHAM AND HIS WIFE SARAH.
  • 06:12 REACHING A FOREIGN LAND NAMED CANAAN GOD REVEALS HIS PLAN
  • 06:16 FOR AN EXTENSIVE NATION TO ORIGINATE WITH ABRAHAM'S SEED.
  • 06:22 (Narrator) AND THE LORD SAID TO ABRAM,
  • 06:24 "LOOK NOW TOWARD HEAVEN AND COUNT THE STARS IF THOU'D BE ABLE TO COUNT THEM,"
  • 06:28 "SO SHALL THOU SEED BE."
  • 06:31 "I AM THE LORD THAT BROUGHT THEE OUT OF UR OF THE CHALDEES, TO GIVE THIS LAND, TO INHERIT IT."
  • 06:41 (David Dolan) SIX CENTURIES PASS,
  • 06:43 THEN ONE DAY THE VOICE OF GOD WOULD BE HEARD AGAIN.
  • 06:53 WHILE ATTENDING SHEEP MOSES WOULD HEAR A VOICE FROM A BURNING BUSH.
  • 07:02 "MOSES, COME NOW THEREFORE AND I WILL SEND THEE UNTO PHAROH"
  • 07:07 "THAT THOU MAYEST BRING FORTH MY PEOPLE, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT."
  • 07:11 "AND THIS IS MY MEMORIAL UNTO ALL GENERATIONS."
  • 07:21 (David Dolan) IT WOULD TAKE TIME AND GOD'S ORCHESTRATION OF TEN DREADFUL PLAGUES
  • 07:25 BEFORE PHARAOH'S HEART WOULD BE SOFTENED.
  • 07:28 ULTIMATELY THE TENTH PLAGUE CALLS FOR THE DEATH OF EVERY 1ST BORN CHILD IN EGYPT.
  • 07:33 HOWEVER, GOD INFORMS THE ISRAELITES THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE SPARED
  • 07:38 IF THE BLOOD OF A SACRIFICIAL LAMB IS SPREAD UPON THEIR DOORPOSTS.
  • 07:42 FOR THE EGYPTIANS IT PROVES TO BE THE FATAL BLOW.
  • 07:46 PHARAOH IS CRUSHED, THE ISRAELITES ARE FREED,
  • 07:49 AND THE ORDINANCE OF PASSOVER ESTABLISHED FOREVER.
  • 07:55 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 08:04 (SINGING HEBREW SONG: "MA NISHTANA")
  • 08:23 AND IT CAME TO PASS AT THE END OF 430 YEARS
  • 08:27 THAT ALL THE HOSTS OF THE LORD WENT OUT FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT.
  • 08:31 AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL JOURNEYED FROM RAMSES
  • 08:34 ABOUT SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND ON FOOT THAT WERE MEN BESIDE CHILDREN.
  • 08:43 (David Dolan) UP UNTIL THIS TIME ALL OF GOD'S COVENANTS HAVE BEEN VERBAL.
  • 08:47 HE'S PROMISED FOR INSTANCE THAT THERE WILL NEVER AGAIN BE A FLOOD LIKE THE ONE ENDURED BY NOAH AND HIS FAMILY.
  • 08:52 HE'S MADE A VERBAL PACT WITH ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB.
  • 08:58 HOWEVER, IT'S DURING THIS WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
  • 09:00 THAT THE ISRAELITES WOULD RECEIVE THEIR FIRST PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF GOD'S COVENANT,
  • 09:05 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,
  • 09:07 WRITTEN ON TABLETS OF STONE THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY BE PLACED IN THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
  • 09:13 (Narrator) IN THE 4TH CENTURY A.D.
  • 09:15 THE BYZANTINES DESIGNATED A MOUNTAIN IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF EGYPT'S SINAI PENINSULA
  • 09:19 AS 'THE MOUNT SINAI'.
  • 09:22 THE DESIGNATION OF JABAL MUSA OFTEN REFERRED TO AS "SAINT CATHERINE'S"
  • 09:27 HAS BEEN LARGELY UNQUESTIONED, UNTIL RECENTLY.
  • 09:30 AMERICAN ADVENTURERS LARRY WILLIAMS AND BOB CORNUKE
  • 09:34 NOW CLAIM THAT JABAL AL LAWZ IN NORTHWESTERN SAUDI ARABIA
  • 09:37 IS THE SITE WHERE MOSES RECEIVED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
  • 09:44 STILL OTHERS BELIEVE THAT HAR KARKOM IN ISRAEL'S NEGEV DESERT IS A MORE LIKELY SITE.
  • 09:51 THERE'S IN FACT SUBSTANTIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE CASE.
  • 09:56 ITALIAN PROFESSOR, EMMANUEL ANATI.
  • 09:58 (Emanuel Anati) WELL, I ARRIVED TO THE SITE BY PURE MISTAKE.
  • 10:03 I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS MOUNTAIN, BECAUSE OF THE LANDSCAPE OF THE ROCK ART,
  • 10:10 OF THE MONUMENTS.
  • 10:12 IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THIS IS A HOLY MOUNTAIN.
  • 10:18 SO WE WENT ON AND ON FOR 4 YEARS DOING RESEARCH ON THIS MOUNTAIN
  • 10:25 BEFORE WE EVEN STARTED THINKING ABOUT THIS MOUNTAIN.
  • 10:32 (Narrator) ANATI IS PROFESSOR OF PALAEO-ETHNOLOGY
  • 10:35 AND IS RENOUN FOR HIS EXPERTISE IN ANCIENT ROCK ART.
  • 10:40 SHACHAR SHILO HAS ACCOMPANIED ANATI ON NUMEROUS EXCAVATIONS AT KARKOM.
  • 10:46 (Shachar Shilo) WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THIS PLACE IS LOCATED VERY CLOSE TO WADI PARAN.
  • 10:48 THE ANCIENT, BIBLICAL WADI PARAN IS SUGGESTED TO BE
  • 10:51 ONE OF THE ROUTES POSSIBLE FOR A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO GO FROM EGYPT, NORTHERN PARTS,
  • 10:57 ALL THE WAY VIA, THROUGH THE SINAI DESERT, THROUGH THE NEGEV,
  • 11:02 AND OF COURSE TO THE PROMISED LAND OF CANAAN.
  • 11:06 AS IT MENTIONED HERE IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS, IT SAYS...
  • 11:09 AND I'LL READ IT IN HEBREW...
  • 11:11 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 11:16 MOSES WAS WALKING WITH THE FLOCK OF JETHRO, THE HIGH PRIEST OF MIDIAN.
  • 11:20 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 11:25 AND HE WENT TO HOREB, THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD, TOWARDS THE DESERT.
  • 11:30 (Narrator) AS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL JOURNEY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS
  • 11:33 THEY ARE ENCOUNTERED BY NOMADIC DESERT TRIBES; THE AMALEKITES, AMORITES, AND MIDIANITES,
  • 11:40 THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN IN PROXIMITY TO THESE TRIBAL ENEMIES...HAR KARKOM.
  • 11:47 (Emanuel Anati) IT'S A HOLY MOUNTAIN FULL OF ROCK ART WHICH HAS SIMILARITIES WITH THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS,
  • 11:53 WITH SHRINES, HOLY PLACES ALL OVER THE PLATEAU,
  • 11:59 AND OVER 120 TEMPORARY VILLAGES AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN.
  • 12:04 NOW I MUST PUT IT CLEAR
  • 12:07 THAT TO ME THIS MOUNTAIN CORRESPONDS TO THE BIBLICAL DESCRIPTION OF MOUNT SINAI.
  • 12:18 AND MOSES WROTE ALL THE WORDS OF THE LORD'S
  • 12:20 AND HE ROSE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND BUILT AN ALTAR UNDER THE HILL AND 12 PILLARS
  • 12:25 ACCORDING TO THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
  • 12:30 (Narrator) TODAY 12 PILLARS OF STONE STAND IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO HAR KARKOM.
  • 12:35 AND ADJACENT TO THE STONES,
  • 12:37 THE REMAINS OF WHAT COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN AN ALTAR.
  • 12:42 AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SACRIFICED PEACE OFFERINGS
  • 12:45 AND MOSES TOOK THE SACRIFICIAL BLOOD AND SPRINKLED IT ON THE PEOPLE AND SAID,
  • 12:50 "BEHOLD THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT,"
  • 12:53 "WHICH THE LORD HATH MADE WITH YOU CONCERNING ALL THESE WORDS."
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  • 15:06 AND TALK ABOUT INFORMATION
  • 15:07 AND TALK ABOUT IMPORTANT,
  • 15:09 IF YOU THINK THE INFORMATION IN THIS SERIES
  • 15:13 THAT DEALS WITH THE LOST TREASURES, JEHOVAH'S TREASURE,
  • 15:17 THE TEMPLE ARTIFACTS, AND MORE...
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  • 15:25 "JEHOVAH'S TREASURE"
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  • 15:30 (David Dolan) IT WASN'T ENOUGH THAT THIS COVENANT WAS INSCRIBED IN STONE.
  • 15:34 IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT IT ENDURED FOR MANY GENERATIONS,
  • 15:37 MOSES WAS NEXT TOLD THAT THE TABLETS SHOULD BE PLACED IN A SPECIAL CHEST.
  • 15:42 IN HEBREW THE WORD IS "ARON."
  • 15:44 OUR ENGLISH TRANSLATION THROUGH THE LATIN WORD, "ARCA" IS "ARK."
  • 15:47 GOD MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO MOSES JUST HOW HE WANTED THIS HOLY TREASURE CONSTRUCTED.
  • 15:55 (Narrator) AND THEY SHALL MAKE AN ARK OF ACACIA WOOD.
  • 16:00 ACACIA TREES GROW IN SINAI'S DESERT PLAINS
  • 16:02 AND ALTHOUGH THE WOOD IS LIGHT WEIGHT,
  • 16:04 IT IS HARD AND EXTREMELY DURABLE.
  • 16:06 THE FRAMEWORK OF THE HOLY ARK WILL BE FASHIONED ON THIS VERY WOOD.
  • 16:11 BEZALEL IS THE CRAFTSMAN.
  • 16:14 HIS ASSISTANT IS THE OHOLIAB.
  • 16:17 AND BEZALEL OVERLAID THE ARKWITH PURE GOLD WITHIN AND WITHOUT
  • 16:21 AND MADE A CROWN OF GOLD ONTO IT ROUND ABOUT.
  • 16:25 AND HE CAST FOR IT 4 RINGS OF GOLD TO BE SET BY THE 4 CORNERS OF IT.
  • 16:32 AND HE MADE STAVES AND OVERLAID THEM WITH GOLD
  • 16:35 AND HE MADE THE MERCY SEAT OF PURE GOLD.
  • 16:39 AND THE CHERUBIM SPREAD OUT THEIR WINGS ON HIGH
  • 16:42 AND COVERED IT WITH THEIR WINGS OVER THE MERCY SEAT.
  • 16:45 AND MOSES COMMANDED THE LEVITES,
  • 16:48 "TAKE THIS BOOK OF THE LAW AND PUT IT INSIDE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD."
  • 16:57 (David Dolan) YOU MIGHT WONDER...WHERE DID ALL OF THAT GOLD COME FROM?
  • 16:59 AFTER ALL THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAD BEEN SLAVES IN EGYPT FOR OVER 400 YEARS.
  • 17:05 WELL, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME
  • 17:08 THE EGYPTIANS WERE CONVINCED THAT MOSES WAS RIGHT.
  • 17:11 THESE HEBREW SLAVES ACTUALLY WERE CHOSEN BY THEIR GOD.
  • 17:15 FEARFUL OF MORE DEATH THAN ADDITIONAL PLAGUES
  • 17:18 THE EGYPTIANS GLADLY OFFERED TO SEND THE ISRAELITES ON THEIR WAY,
  • 17:22 GRANTING THEM AS MUCH GOLD AND SILVER JEWLRY AS THEY DESIRED.
  • 17:27 IN ADDITION TO THE ARK
  • 17:28 THERE WOULD BE OTHER ARTICLES FASHIONED OF GOLD, SILVER, AND BRASS.
  • 17:31 ALL TO BE UTILIZED IN WORSHIP WHILE IN THE DESERT
  • 17:34 AND AFTER THEY ULTIMATELY ARRIVED IN CANAAN.
  • 17:37 THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD COLLECTED FROM THE ISRAELITES AMOUNTED TO OVER 1 TON.
  • 17:42 OF SILVER 3 3/4 TONS
  • 17:44 AND OF BRONZE 2 1/2 TONS.
  • 17:50 HERE ALONG THE NORTHWEST SHORE OF THE DEAD SEA
  • 17:53 MORE THAN 800 BIBLICAL AND EARLY JEWISH DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE CAVES OF QUMRAN.
  • 17:58 THE LANDSCAPE HERE IS POCKMARKED WITH NUMEROUS CAVES
  • 18:02 ONE OF WHICH IN 1952 PRODUCED A SCROLL UNLIKE ANY OTHER THAT HAD EVER BEEN FOUND.
  • 18:07 LYING AGAINST THE WALL OF CAVE NUMBER 3 WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY COPPER SCROLL BROKEN IN TWO,
  • 18:15 ITS PIECES WEDGED ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER.
  • 18:18 THE FIND BECAME HEADLINE NEWS.
  • 18:20 HOARDS OF FABULOUS VALUE WERE WAITING TO BE FOUND.
  • 18:27 AFTER A METICULOUS PROCEDURE OF CUTTING THE COPPER INTO 23 SECTIONS,
  • 18:31 SCHOLARS DETERMINED THAT IT LISTED 63 HIDDEN TREASURES.
  • 18:36 SOME BURIED IN JERUSALEM AND SOME IN A NEARBY JUDEAN DESERT
  • 18:39 WHERE OREN GUTFELD IS PRESENTLY UNEARTHING HIS TUNNEL.
  • 18:44 (Professor Hanan Eshel) HERE WE SEE A TREASURE WHICH STARTS...
  • 18:46 (Narrator) PROFESSOR HANAN ESHEL, A LEADING EXPERT ON THE COPPER SCROLL.
  • 18:50 (Professor Hanan Eshel) I BELIEVE THAT THE TREASURE MENTIONED IN THE COPPER SCROLL
  • 18:53 ARE DEALING WITH THE TABERNACLE.
  • 18:56 WE'RE SPEAKING WITH THE TREASURE THAT ARE DESCRIBED IN LEVITICUS, IN NUMBERS, IN EXODUS...
  • 19:02 THOSE ARE THE TREASURE THAT MOSES AND BEZALEL WERE DOING IN THE DESERT AFTER THE EXODUS.
  • 19:09 WE HAVE A VERY DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF WHERE THEY WERE HIDDEN
  • 19:13 AND WE HAVE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF HOW BIG THEY WERE.
  • 19:19 WE'RE SPEAKING HERE ABOUT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF SILVER AND GOLD AND SOME VESSELS,
  • 19:25 WHICH ARE MENTIONED IN THE RABBINIC LITERATURE AS VESSELS THAT HAD TO DO WITH THE TEMPLE.
  • 19:33 (Narrator) TUNNELS SUCH AS THIS HAVE BEEN FOUND NOWHERE ELSE IN ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 19:39 THE WORK IS TEDIOUS.
  • 19:41 THE MISSION DAUNTING.
  • 19:44 BUT GUTFELD IS RESOLUTE.
  • 19:46 HE WILL NOT BE DETERRED IN HIS SEARCH FOR A MEANINGFUL LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
  • 19:56 (Oren Gutfeld) WE'RE EXCAVATING IN A TUNNEL THAT WE STARTED TO DIG ONLY YESTERDAY.
  • 20:00 THIS IS THE EASTERN TUNNEL OF 2 TUNNELS THAT WE'VE FOUND HERE PREVIOUSLY.
  • 20:06 AND THE WESTERN ONE WE DUG IN THE PAST
  • 20:09 AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO CHECK THIS TUNNEL TO SEE IF IT'S GOING DOWN LIKE THE OTHER ONE.
  • 20:16 THE WESTERN TUNNEL WHICH TOOK 4 YEARS TO UNEARTH
  • 20:19 IS LOCATED JUST 200 METERS FROM THE ONE IN WHICH GUTFELD IS PRESENTLY DIGGING.
  • 20:24 ITS ENTRANCE HAD BEEN TEMPORARILY COVERED
  • 20:26 TO PREVENT FLOODING FROM THE ADJOINING CREEK BED OR "WADI."
  • 20:29 THE TUNNEL DESCENDS AT A PERFECT 35 DEGREES FOR 130 METERS,
  • 20:35 DEEP INTO THE VERY BOWELS OF MOUNT HYRCANIA.
  • 20:38 GUTFELD'S DESCENT IS PRECARIOUS AT BEST.
  • 20:44 OCCASIONALLY NICHES CAN BE FOUND
  • 20:46 WHICH HELD OIL LAMPS FOR THOSE WHO DUG THE TUNNEL OVER 25 HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
  • 20:54 (Oren Gutfeld) WE ARE HALFWAY IN THE TUNNEL
  • 20:56 AND DURING THE EXCAVATION
  • 20:58 AT THIS POINT
  • 20:59 WE FOUND A FEW THINGS.
  • 21:04 (Narrator) AMOUNG THE THINGS FOUND WERE THESE GOAT BONES.
  • 21:07 SUBSEQUENT TO CARBON 14 TESTING DATED THE BONES TO 59O B.C,
  • 21:11 VERY CLOSE TO THE END OF THE 1ST TEMPLE PERIOD.
  • 21:18 (David Dolan) THE 1ST TEMPLE PERIOD IS THE MOST NOTABLY ASSOCIATED
  • 21:20 WITH THE 1ST OF 3 TEMPLES THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY BE BUILT ON MOUNT MORIAH BEHIND ME.
  • 21:25 IN OUR STORY OF THE ARK THIS 1ST TEMPLE WILL SERVE AS ITS EVENTUAL RESTING PLACE,
  • 21:31 BUT BEFORE THAT CAN HAPPEN, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL MUST MAKE IT TO CANAAN.
  • 21:35 MOSES WAS TOLD TO BUILD A PORTABLE SANCTUARY,
  • 21:38 ONE THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY BE USED IN A TORRID 40 YEAR TREK THROUGH THE BARREN WILDERNESS.
  • 22:11 (Narrator) AS THE JOURNEY PROGRESSES
  • 22:13 THE TABERNACLE WOULD BE CENTRAL TO THE LIFE OF THE ISRAELITES.
  • 22:17 IT WILL BE OVERSEEN BY PRIESTS FROM THE TRIBE OF LEVI
  • 22:20 AND SERVE AS THE HOME TO THE ARK WHEN IT'S NOT IN TRANSIT.
  • 22:26 AND THE LORD SPAKE UNTO MOSES,
  • 22:28 "EVERY MAN OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL"
  • 22:30 "SHALL CAMP AROUND THE TABERNACLE SOME DISTANCE FROM IT."
  • 22:34 "EACH MAN UNDER HIS STANDARD WITH THE BANNER OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE."
  • 22:39 IT WAS HERE IN A DESERT ENCAMPMENT
  • 22:42 THAT THE ISRAELITES WERE TRANSFORMED FROM A SHAPELESS MASS OF PEOPLE
  • 22:46 INTO A NATION WHO'S PROGRESS WOULD BE PRESCRIBED DOWN TO THE MINUTEST DETAIL.
  • 22:52 THE COVENANT WAS TAKING FOLD.
  • 22:59 (David Dolan) WHILE THE DIGGING CONTINUES IN GUTFELD'S EASTERN TUNNEL,
  • 23:02 WE DESCEND EVEN FURTHER INTO THE WESTERN TUNNEL.
  • 23:09 4 YEARS OF DIGGING.
  • 23:11 INCH BY INCH,
  • 23:13 HOPING UPON HOPE.
  • 23:16 WHAT WOULD BE FOUND?
  • 23:22 (Oren Gutfeld) WE ARE IN THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
  • 23:25 IT'S REALLY A MYSTERY WHY THEY DID SUCH A HUGE PROJECT,
  • 23:29 A HUGE TUNNEL...FOR NOTHING?
  • 23:33 IT'S KIND OF A DEAD END.
  • 23:35 WE TRIED TO DIG INSIDE THE WALL,
  • 23:38 BUT WE UNDERSTOOD THAT IT'S A NATURAL WALL.
  • 23:41 SO IT REMAINS A MYSTERY,
  • 23:43 A REAL AN ENIGMA.
  • 23:46 (David Dolan) GUTFELD IS NOT ALONE IN THE SEARCH FOR DESERT TREASURE.
  • 23:49 GROUND PENETRATING RADAR HAS RECENTLY BEEN USED HERE AT NEARBY QUMRAN
  • 23:53 IN THE SEARCH FOR ADDITIONAL DEAD SEA SCROLLS.
  • 23:56 THIS TECHNIQUE WILL ALSO BE USED BY GUTFELD
  • 23:58 IN HIS QUEST TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF THE WESTERN TUNNEL.
  • 24:05 (Narrator) THERE IS LITTLE CONSENSUS AS TO THE EXACT ROUTE THE ISRAELITES TRAVELED.
  • 24:09 AS FOR THE GRUMBLING
  • 24:11 IT WAS DEAFENING.
  • 24:13 "YOU HAVE BROUGHT US OUT INTO THIS DESERT TO STARVE US TO DEATH."
  • 24:18 TO WHICH FROM HEAVEN WAS HEARD,
  • 24:21 "AT TWILIGHT YOU WILL EAT MEAT AND IN THE MORNING YOU WILL BE FILLED WITH BREAD."
  • 24:28 AND SO IT WAS.
  • 24:30 MANNA BY DAY,
  • 24:31 A BREAD-LIKE SUBSTANCE,
  • 24:33 AND QUAIL BY NIGHT.
  • 24:36 WHEN MOSES STRIKES A ROCK WITH HIS STAFF, WATER SPRINGS FORTH.
  • 24:55 SADLY MOSES' ULTIMATE DREAM WILL NEVER BE REALIZED.
  • 25:00 IN HIS FINAL DAYS HE WILL AT LAST SEE THE JORDAN VALLEY FROM A DISTANCE
  • 25:05 BUT HIS FEET WILL NEVER TOUCH THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 25:10 IN HIS DYING MOMENTS MOSES WILL HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD ONE LAST TIME.
  • 25:20 "THIS IS THE LAND WHICH I WILL GIVE UNTO THY SEED."
  • 25:32 WE ARE ALL ABOUT WANTING TO MAKE BIBLICAL TELEVISION WORTH WATCHING.
  • 25:38 AND WE HOPE YOU THINK THIS IS WORTH IT.
  • 25:41 IT COST US A SMALL FORTUNE
  • 25:44 TO FOLLOW THESE ARCHAEOLOGISTS AROUND, SEASON AFTER SEASON OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS
  • 25:50 AS THEY'RE LOOKING TO DIG UP BURIED TREASURES.
  • 25:54 AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DIGGING UP OF THE BURIED TREASURES
  • 25:58 WE WANTED TO CONSIDER THE TREASURE IN THE BIBLE,
  • 26:00 THE COVENANT PEOPLE...
  • 26:02 ISRAEL...
  • 26:03 THE OBJECT OF GOD'S ATTENTION,
  • 26:06 THE AFFECTION,
  • 26:08 THE LOVE OF HIS HEART AND THE OBJECT OF THIS EYE.
  • 26:11 THANK YOU FOR TURNING YOUR EYES AND HEARTS AND MINDS THIS WAY.
  • 26:17 IN THE SERIES PROGRAM NEXT WEEK AND THE WEEK AFTER
  • 26:20 WE'LL CONTINUE WITH OUR JOURNEY INTO THE BIBLICAL WORD
  • 26:24 AND WE'LL GO TO THE BIBLICAL WORLD AND FOLLOW THEOLOGIANS,
  • 26:28 JOURNALISTS, ARCHAEOLOGISTS, HISTORIANS...
  • 26:33 AS WE GO DEEP INTO THE EARTH
  • 26:35 AND AS WE GO DEEP INTO THE BIBLICAL WORD
  • 26:38 AND BRING OUT TRUTHS THAT ARE LONG SINCE LOST
  • 26:41 BUT WORTH THE HEARING IN THIS MODERN WORLD.
  • 26:45 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GOING WITH US ON THE JOURNEY.
  • 26:47 AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:48 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:51 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
  • 26:54 JEHOVAH'S TREASURE,
  • 26:56 THE QUEST FOR THE ARK OF THE COVENANT AND THE TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 26:59 HAS BEEN A SPECIAL PRESENTATION
  • 27:01 OF ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRY
  • 27:03 JOIN US IN THE HOLY LAND FOR A TRIP OF LIFETIME.
  • 27:06 YOU'LL LOVE IT...I PROMISE.
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