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The Copper Scroll Project tells the story of an Oklahoma arson investigator, Jim Barfield, who sets off on a decade-long quest to uncover Qumran’s secrets—the lost treasures of the Jerusalem temple—and show the world that the Dead Sea Scrolls were merely the tip of the archaeological iceberg. Through a series of breakthroughs and setbacks, Barfield’s Copper Scroll Project becomes inadvertently tethered to Israel’s modern battle for the Temple Mount. The Copper Scroll Project is the one remaining witness to a covert operation to rescue Temple tithes and vessels before foreign invaders overran Jerusalem’s city gates. Could secrets contained in the most enigmatic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll, hold the keys to one of the greatest treasures in Israel’s history?




About Shelley Neese

Shelley Neese is the Vice President of The Jerusalem Connection International (TJCI), a nonprofit Christian organization based out of Washington DC. TJCI’s mission is to inform, educate, and activate support for Israel and the Jewish people.
Shelley lived and studied in Israel from 2000-2004, where she learned conversational Hebrew and received her M.A in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The high point of her studies–and first crack at investigative journalism–was her master’s thesis examining the secret, multilateral negotiations ending the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
As a freelance columnist for several publications, her articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, FrontPage Magazine, and more.
Shelley has been present for the most central events in The Copper Scroll Project over the last decade, including the initial excavation at Qumran in 2009.
An experienced public speaker, Shelley is on the Jewish National Fund’s Speakers Bureau. She has addressed various Jewish student groups and participated on debate panels.
Shelley currently resides in Washington DC. Contact Shelley