After a quarter century of discovery and publication, the study of the manuscripts from the desert of Judah has entered a new, more mature phase. True, the heat and noise of the early controversies have not wholly dissipated. One occasionally hears the agonized cry of a scholar pinned beneath a collapsed theory. And in the […]
Publication and Preservation
Overview Overview- Publication and Preservation Secondary sources Christianization of the Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994. Scholars, Scrolls and Scandals, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994. Is the Vatican Suppressing the Dead Sea Scrolls? Hershel Shanks, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec […]
Carbon-14 (C-14) tests on samples of the Dead Sea Scrolls have substantially confirmed the previous date of the scrolls based on paleography (the shape of the letters), according to two recent reports.1 This general conclusion was announced in a press release some months ago, but when BAR asked Magen Broshi, curator of the Shrine of […]
This cloth was discovered in 1949 on the floor of Cave 1. It is cut along three sides, rolled and oversewn with a single thread; the fourth edge has a corded starting border in twining technique, followed by a woven strip and an open unwoven space. It was found folded into a pad and was […]
The first seven scrolls found at Qumran were encased in jars, which protected them from the elements.
The excavators of Qumran discovered as many as 708 bowls, neatly arranged in dozens, as well as stacks of jars, jugs and dishes.
Saving the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Next 2000 Years, Dodo Joseph Shenhav, Biblical Archaeology Review, Jul-Aug 1981.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were preserved in remarkable condition for 2000 years in the Qumran caves overlooking the Dead Sea. It seems almost a miracle that these caves in which the Essenes stored their scrolls were very nearly the perfect environment for the preservation of the documents. Despite the capabilities of modern science, it is […]
Reminiscences of the Early Days in the Discovery and Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Frank Moore Cross.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery (ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Emanuel Tov and James C. VanderKam), Israel Exploration Society, Jerusalem 2000, p. 932-943. I have been asked to report memories and tell tales of the early days when we were young and engaged in the most exciting project imaginable, the identification, piecing […]
New Scientific Techniques to Measure Scroll Deterioration, Biblical Archaeology Review, Jul-Aug 1981.
Scientists at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel have recently found ways to measure scientifically the amount of deterioration in the Dead Sea Scrolls. These measurements will be used to monitor the scrolls at the Israel Museum to insure that me further deterioration of the scrolls occurs. The scrolls are written primarily on parchment prepared […]
Is the Vatican Suppressing the Dead Sea Scrolls? Hershel Shanks, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1991.
A book that will soon be available in the United States was recently published in England under the title The Dead Sea Scroll Deception by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (Jonathan Cape, 1991).1 The book’s thesis is that the Vatican is suppressing the Dead Sea Scrolls because they will undermine vital Christian doctrine. The authors’ […]