Hanan Eshel's speculative "theory" of the Copper Scroll is far from the "most likely" explanation. The text is written in a dry, sober manner, on a precious metal, making it highly unlikely that its contents are in any way imaginary. It explains that books are hidden along with some of the metals in jars, and that a copy of the scroll is hidden somewhere else. People like Eshel would like to convince themselves that the text is imaginary, because they cannot square it with their pet "Qumran-Essene" theory of the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is no way of knowing whether the hidden deposits still exist, or if some of them were found centuries ago. The text describes some of them, for example, as being hidden in wells. These wells no longer exist, so locating such deposits is no easy matter.
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