Temple Scroll Revisited: Three New Views, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1987.


Yigael Yadin, Chief of General Staff

Yigael Yadin, Chief of General Staff

On June 8, 1967, the Six Day War was at full tilt. The Israel army had taken East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Within hours, Yigael Yadin, Military Advisor to the Prime Minister and world-famous archaeologist, dispatched an Israeli army officer to the East Jerusalem shop of an Arab antiquities dealer who Yadin knew possessed an important ancient scroll.

For seven years Yadin had been negotiating for the scroll through an American intermediary—to no avail. According to Yadin, the dealer had capriciously made and broken agreements, wildly raising and dropping the asking price for a document he possessed illegally.

Now the dealer knew he could no longer withhold the scroll. He took the officer to his home in Bethlehem, pried up some floor tiles and pulled out a shoe box. There, wrapped in an old towel and some cellophane, lay a 1,900-year-old Dead Sea Scroll. That night, Wednesday, June 8, 1967, Yadin held the scroll in his hands for the first time.

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