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> What's the information about the new scroll that is being cited by the
> Jerusalem Report as being found in a Benedictine monastery in Germany?  An
> Angel Scroll?
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> John Kampen


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>    By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer
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>    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A news magazine reported Monday it has been
>given excerpts of a purported 2000-year-old religious text related to the
>Dead Sea Scrolls that could shed new light on the origins of Christianity
>and Jewish mysticism.
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>    The Jerusalem Report said it had no way of determining whether
>the text was an elaborate hoax or one of the most important archaeological
>finds of the century.
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>    The author of the ``Angel Scroll,'' describes being taken by an
>angel named Pnimea on a tour of heavenly gates, learning how to predict
>the future and being taken back in time to the creation of the universe.
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>    The 6-foot-long document has been locked away at a Benedictine
>monastery on the German-Austrian border, according to three Israelis who
>told the magazine they had obtained a transcript.
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>    Benedictine monks bought the scroll from an antiquities dealer
>in the Jordanian capital of Amman in the 1970s, The Report said, citing
>the three Israelis.
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>    The monks were sworn to secrecy, then assembled the fragments,
>photographed the scroll and deciphered it. One of the monks, Gustave
>Mateus, leaked the contents before his death in 1996, The Report was told.
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>    Father Bargil Pixner, the Benedictine authority on the Dead Sea
>Scrolls, called the report ``a lot of nonsense'' and ``sensationalism.''
>He told The Associated Press that if the Benedictines were in possession
>of another scroll, ``I would know about it.''
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>    Pixner also said Mateus was alive and well in Germany.
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>    Still, Stephen Pfann, a leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar who has
>gone over about a quarter of the text, said the language used is similar
>to that of the scrolls. If it is a forgery, said Pfann, ``it's a very good
>one.''
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