The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of JerusalemBook - 2006
God's Gold charts the fate of the greatest religious treasure in history, the central icons of the Jewish faith - looted from the Temple of Jerusalem. The golden candelabrum, silver trumpets and bejewelled Table of the Divine Presence were ransacked by the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son, Titus, in AD 70. Cast adrift in Mediterranean lands exposed to 550 years of turbulent history and the rule of four different civilisations, only an intriguing trail of clues betrays their ever-changing destiny. The Temple treasure is an immeasurably precious hoard, but it has yet greater significance as an intimate symbol of man's communications with God. The gold's recovery is central to the broken dreams of Israel for messianic redemption by building a new House of God on the Temple Mount and to hopes for a return to an age of biblical sacrifice. Using untapped historical texts and new archaeological sources, Sean Kingsley reveals the incredible history of this treasure, its composition and religious, political and financial meaning across the ages. Unexpected discoveries send him on a physical pilgrimage to trace the treasure's destiny, which exposes facts more astonishing than fiction.