Fragment From ‘Unknown’ Dead Sea Scroll Revealed With Space-Age Imaging

Photo Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority

(Jerusalem Post) Since their discovery between 1946 and 1956, archaeologists and historians have pored over the Dead Sea Scrolls in a bid to decipher their meaning and further understand the Jewish people.

Hidden in 12 caves 2,000 years ago in Wadi Qumran near the Dead Sea – dating to the Second Temple period – some of the scrolls and scroll fragments have been difficult to read. But this all changed recently after advanced imaging technology originally developed for NASA was brought in to help unravel the mystery behind those unreadable fragments.

On Tuesday, the Antiquities Authority revealed a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Cave 11.

“We can tell, based on the handwriting, that this fragment doesn’t come from the two scrolls originally found in the cave,” Oren Ableman, a scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls working for the Antiquities Authority and a PhD student at the Hebrew University, told The Jerusalem Post during a viewing of the scrolls at the Israel Museum on Wednesday.

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