Me'ârath Gazzê

Cave of Treasures

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Location: unknown
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Classification: SubterraneaCave Tomb
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Bibliography: Ephraim the Syrian (~300): The Book of the Cave of Treasures,
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The Cave of Treasures is a mystic place said to be a necropolis containing the bodies of the Biblical patriarchs. When a patriarch dies his family transports his body to the Cave of Treasures, where he is buried alongside his ancestors. This secret tomb is also a repository for sacred treasures. Further the cave conceals an archive of the most ancient secrets of the Church.

The cave is described in an old Syriac text, written by Ephraim the Syrian, but also mentioned in obscure apocrypha and Jewish legends. There is some confusion about the text of Ephraim, as he speaks of the cave as being inside paradise, but later in the same text after Adam has been expelled from paradise (outside) he is buried in the cave. Adam is telling his son Seth to bury him in the Cave of Treasures on the mountain, which Seth later does.

As this is a mystical cave it is not sure if there is a corresponding real place. There are various examples of early texts describing locations which were later found, for example Troj or the place where the Arch of Noah stranded. The location of the Cave of Treasures was often connected with the underground cities found at Kaymalki and Derinkuyu, or Rennes-le-Chateau. It is decribed beeing located on Mount Kardo, the mountain of Rennes-le-Chateau is called Mount Cardou. And there is a real place in Hebron, called SubterraneaMa'arat HaMachpelah which is also said to be the burial place of Adam, Eve, Abraham and many other patriarchs.