Dating of the dead sea scrolls
One of the young shepherds tossed a rock into an opening on the side of a cliff and was surprised to hear a shattering sound.He and his companions later entered the cave and found a collection of large clay jars, seven of which contained leather and papyrus scrolls. This priceless collection of ancient manuscripts is invaluable to our understanding of the history of Judaism, the development of the Hebrew Bible, and the beginnings of Christianity. and were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek; they contain Biblical and apocryphal works, prayers and legal texts and sectarian documents.This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans.Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea between the years 19.
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An antiquities dealer bought the cache, which ultimately ended up in the hands of various scholars who estimated that the texts were upwards of 2,000 years old.
After word of the discovery got out, Bedouin treasure hunters and archaeologists unearthed tens of thousands of additional scroll fragments from 10 nearby caves; together they make up between 800 and 900 manuscripts.
The first trove found by the Bedouins in the Judean Desert consisted of seven large scrolls from Cave I.
The unusual circumstances of the find, on the eve of Israel's war of independence, obstructed the initial negotiations for the purchase of all the scrolls.