Dead Sea Scrolling

Dec 02, 2011 by
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Dead Sea Scroll 11Q14, from 20-50 CE. Image Source: Donald Nausbaum via Time.

A set of talks on the Dead Sea Scrolls on tonight at the Jewish Museum London reminded me that I intended to do a post about the fact that the scrolls are slowly becoming available online, with translations, here. The scrolls site came online on 25 September 2011 with the help of Google. The scrolls date from 150 BCE to 70 CE and are the oldest known documents with sections from the Old Testament. They also contain apocryphal texts – Enoch, Jubilees, Tobit, Sirach - that were not included in the Hebrew Bible. They are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and were discovered in caves on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 1950s. They were found by a Bedouin tribesman who sold three of the scrolls to a small antiques dealer for 7 Pounds Sterling.  After a series of adventures that only Indiana Jones could duplicate, the scrolls arrived in 1954 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York to be auctioned.

Among other things, the scrolls talk about the End of Times and the final battle between good and evil. They seem to offer two versions of that event – a male version, and a female version. And now, through the wonders of modern technology, you can see the scrolls and read those stories for yourself.
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