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God's Gold by Sean A. Kingsley
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Jul 03, 2009

Read in June, 2009

I've read Josephus' book on the Jewish War in response to some of the speculations propounded in this one. Sean Kingsley speculates on what might have become of the plunered golden table, Candlabra, and shells that were plundered by Titus after the fall of Jerusalem. It seems they traveled a lot--from Jerusalem to Rome, Carthage, Constantinople, and possibly back to Israel. Much of his reasoning is based on classical sources; there is little physical evidence, though Kingsley has dug up a couple of new things. Still, his findings are intriguing and the location of one of the most historically controversial treasure finds of modern time lays waitng to be found. What could make better reading?
And what if these treasures were found? The ownership of it today would be a bone to be growled over by the philosophical dogs of geography, relious superiority, and the racism that currently divides the Jews and Muslims today in the Arab-Israeli conflict over rights to the Temple Mount. Might such treasure make matters worse?
Maybe some things are better buried.

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