He collected seven of the best scrolls and left the other fragments scattered on the ground.
Muhammad eventually brought some of the scrolls to a cobbler and antiquities dealer in Bethlehem named Khando. Fragments from every Old Testament book except for the book of Esther were discovered.
The Dead Sea Scrolls play a crucial role in assessing the accurate preservation of the Old Testament.
With its hundreds of manuscripts from every book except Esther, detailed comparisons can be made with more recent texts. 500 and 950 gave the Old Testament the form that we use today. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, we now had manuscripts that predated the Masoretic Text by about one thousand years.
They arrived at a date ranging from the second century B. The Temple Scroll discovered in Cave 11 is the largest and describes a future Temple in Jerusalem that will be built at the end of the age.
Indeed, these were the most ancient Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament ever found, and their contents would yield valuable insights to our understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.
C., devoted their days to the study and copying of sacred Scripture as well as theological and sectarian works.
As tensions between the Jews and Romans increased, the community hid their valuable scrolls in caves along the Dead Sea to protect them from the invading armies. 70, the Roman general Titus invaded Israel and destroyed the city of Jerusalem along with its treasured Temple.
He eventually had the scrolls examined by John Trevor at the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR). After the initial discovery, archaeologists searched other nearby caves between 19. Since all the methods came to a similar conclusion, scholars are very confident in their assigned date for the texts. Among the eleven caves, Cave 1, which was excavated in 1949, and Cave 4, excavated in 1952, proved to be the most productive caves.
They found ten other caves that contained thousands of ancient documents as well. One of the most significant discoveries was a well-preserved scroll of the entire book of Isaiah.
A group of devoted Jews removed themselves from the mainstream and began a monastic life in the Judean desert.
Their studies of the Old Testament Scriptures led them to believe that God's judgment upon Jerusalem was imminent and that the anointed one would return to restore the nation of Israel and purify their worship.
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