Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Archaeologists have uncovered a new cave that once housed Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • This is a discovery described as one of the “most important” in 60 years.
  • The Hebrew University in Jerusalem said the scrolls were missing from the cave.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible.
  • These date from the 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE.
  • About 900 scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the Qumran caves above the Dead Sea.
  • The parchment and papyrus scrolls contain Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic writing, and include several of the earliest-known texts from the Bible.
  • This is including the oldest surviving copy of the Ten Commandments.
  • This discovery of a 12th cave could revolutionise the information and herald most important” discoveries since 1956.
  • The cave discovered west of Qumran in the occupied West Bank contained no manuscripts, but there is ample evidence of their earlier presence.
  • This includes fragments of pottery in which they were placed and the leather straps.
  • Many of the caves containing the manuscripts were looted in the 1950s.

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