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  • Nine new Qumran scrolls discovered

    03/03/2014 9:33:58 AM PST · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Archaeology News Network ^ | 03/01/2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    They were hidden inside some phylacteries discovered during some excavations sixty years ago but never opened. The news was announced at a conference at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano. . . So there are now nine Qumran scrolls to keep experts busy. The discovery was made very recently and was announced a few days ago at the international research seminar. . . “The new discovery shows that the research being carried out on the Qumran is not complete yet. There are a thousand reasons, especially political ones, why the material unearthed is still being studied and why the the...
  • Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada Scrolls Written by Same Scribe

    11/16/2012 8:22:25 AM PST · by Renfield · 18 replies
    Israeli paleographer Ada Yardeni has recently identified 50 Dead Sea scrolls found near Qumran in Israel as having been penned by the same scribe, a scribe who also penned scrolls that have been found at the Herodian mountain-top fortress of Masada, where Jewish rebel zealots made their last suicidal stand against the Romans in 73 A.D.The subject scrolls were previously discovered in six different caves in the area of the Qumran site. In an article authored by Sidnie White Crawford and published in the November/December 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Crawford writes that documents penned by the same scribe and found...
  • Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll Authors Possibly Solved

    11/22/2011 7:19:20 AM PST · by shove_it · 33 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 22 Nov 2011 | Owen Jarus
    The Dead Sea Scrolls may have been written, at least in part, by a sectarian group called the Essenes, according to nearly 200 textiles discovered in caves at Qumran, in the West Bank, where the religious texts had been stored. Scholars are divided about who authored the Dead Sea Scrolls and how the texts got to Qumran, and so the new finding could help clear up this long-standing mystery. The research reveals that all the textiles were made of linen, rather than wool, which was the preferred textile used in ancient Israel. Also they lack decoration, some actually being bleached...
  • 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online

    09/26/2011 2:45:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 26/9/11 | Matti Friedman
    JERUSALEM — Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's national museum and web giant Google. The appearance of five of the most important Dead Sea scrolls on the Internet is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — who were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them available to anyone with a computer. See msnbc.com's...
  • What’s inside? Sealed jar discovered at Qumran -- site of Dead Sea Scrolls

    12/11/2010 8:43:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Unreported Heritage News ^ | Friday, December 10, 2010 | Owen Jarus
    An intact, sealed, jar has been discovered at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in nearby caves. A multinational team of scientists have been analyzing the jar and their findings are set to be published in the journal Archaeometry. If you have a subscription (or access to a library with one) you can already see the article on the publication's website... Altogether nine scientists are credited in the paper. Kaare Lund Rasmussen, of the University of Southern Denmark, is listed at the lead author. The jar itself was excavated in 2004. It was found about 50...
  • Dead Sea Scroll dating now possible

    01/20/2010 4:23:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 13 replies · 819+ views
    Politiken (Denmark) ^ | January 20, 2010
    After a decade of intense laboratory tests, a Danish archaeochemist has found a way to enable scientists to precisely date the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ownership of which is currently a bone of contention between Israel and Jordan, according to videnskab.dk. The Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient documents were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves near the Qumran Wadi northwest of the Dead Sea. Treatment of the rolls has included them being spread out using plant oil, which in turn made precise carbon dating of the scrolls almost impossible. A Danish archaeochemist and an international team of researchers,...
  • The Chinese connection (to the Dead Sea Scrolls)

    11/30/2006 8:40:52 PM PST · by John Philoponus · 11 replies · 622+ views
    The Star ^ | Nov. 4, 2006 | NEIL ALTMAN
    The Dead Sea Scrolls have been guarded for 60 years like crown jewels, the possessions of a scholarly elite who were challenged only in the past decade to bring the scrolls to the public. Now, there is accumulating and compelling evidence that these supposedly ancient texts are medieval at best and have a connection with China. That connection is raising questions about the manuscripts' true dating, origin and possible authenticity. ........ In 1991, I wrote articles for the Washington Post and Boston Herald about the idea that a number of previously undeciphered markings in the margins of two Dead Sea...
  • Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls

    09/25/2007 4:48:34 PM PDT · by brityank · 9 replies · 753+ views
    The Evening Bulletin [PA] ^ | 25 September, 2007 | Neil Altman
    Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls By: Neil Altman, For The Bulletin 09/24/2007 Editor's Note: According to an exhibit at the United States Library of Congress, young Bedouin shepherds, searching for a stray goat in the Judean Desert in 1947, entered a long-untouched cave and found scrolls in a jar and under debris on the floor. That initial discovery by the Bedouins began a search that lasted nearly a decade, eventually producing thousands of scroll fragments from 11 caves. During those same years, archaeologists tried to identify the people who deposited the scrolls. They found the Qumran ruin, a...
  • Scholar: The Essenes, Dead Sea Scroll 'authors,' never existed

    03/13/2009 9:53:56 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 30 replies · 1,909+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | Mar 13, 2009
    Scholarship suggesting the existence of the Essenes, a religious Jewish group that lived in the Judea before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, is wrong, according to Prof. Rachel Elior, whose study on the subject will be released soon. Elior blasts the predominant opinion of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Essenes had written the scrolls in Qumran, claiming instead that they were written by ousted Temple priests in Jerusalem. "Sixty years of research have been wasted trying to find the Essenes in the scrolls. But they didn't exist, they were invented by [Jewish-Roman historian] Josephus. It's...
  • Scholar: The Essenes, Dead Sea Scroll 'authors,' never existed

    03/13/2009 8:18:50 AM PDT · by TaraP · 42 replies · 1,531+ views
    Ofri Ilani ^ | March 13th, 2009
    Scholarship suggesting the existence of the Essenes, a religious Jewish group that lived in the Judea before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, is wrong, according to Prof. Rachel Elior, whose study on the subject will be released soon. Elior blasts the predominant opinion of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Essenes had written the scrolls in Qumran, claiming instead that they were written by ousted Temple priests in Jerusalem. "Sixty years of research have been wasted trying to find the Essenes in the scrolls. But they didn't exist, they were invented by [Jewish-Roman historian] Josephus. It's...
  • Israel Surrenders to British Censorship of Israeli Tourism Ad

    04/15/2008 6:51:39 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 5 replies · 79+ views
    Arutz-sheva ^ | April 15, 2008 | Hillel Fendel
    Qumran CavesSomething about Israel's latest advertising campaign irked the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), and the latter told Israel to change it. Without protest or investigation, Israel did so. The theme of the Israeli ad campaign - in Britain and elsewhere - is, "It takes six hours to cross Israel. Imagine what you can experience in seven days." This motto appeared on the backdrop of various photos of Israeli scenes, one of which was the Qumran Caves - where the Dead Sea Scrolls, including chapters from the Book of Isaiah, were found in the 1940's. Qumran is situated near Kibbutz...
  • UK forces Israel to remove W. Bank pic

    04/13/2008 3:53:19 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 111+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 13, 2008 | Staff
    The Tourism Ministry has been forced to change an advertising campaign in Britain in which the Qumran caves were pictured, after the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that it did not consider the site part of Israel, it was reported Saturday. The ASA also reprimanded the Tourism Ministry for not responding to its numerous appeals on the matter. The Tourism Ministry's representative in Britain, Uri Gafni, told Israel Radio that the ministry had no intention whatsoever of claiming that the Qumran caves were in Israeli territory. He said the picture had now been swapped with an image of Masada....
  • Pope: Christ is the true sacrificial lamb of the Last Supper

    04/05/2007 8:30:32 PM PDT · by Titanites · 2 replies · 616+ views
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 04/05/2007 | Unknown
    VATICANIn the Cenacle, Passover was probably celebrated without the lamb, says Benedict XV, I indicating that the calendar of the Qumran points to the exact moment of Christ’s death. By laying down His life He gives true meaning to the ancient memorial of freedom from Egypt. Rome (AsiaNews) – Jesus, probably “celebrated the Passover without the lamb” , in so far as the Last Supper may have taken place before the moment in which , according to Hebrew tradition the lambs were sacrificed,  and above all because He himself became the voluntary sacrificial victim, by offering His life as a...
  • The Hidden Latrines of The Essenes

    12/23/2006 9:41:35 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 1,096+ views
    Haartz ^ | 12-23-2006 | Ran Shapira
    The hidden latrines of the Essenes By Ran Shapira In one of his detailed accounts of the Essenes, Flavius Josephus (Yosef Ben Matityahu), described one of the many laws that shaped the Jewish sect's way of life during the Second Temple period. While the Essenes sat in a circle, Josephus wrote, it was forbidden for them to spit into its center. Like many other laws outlined by Josephus, the details of this law appear in the Dead Sea Scrolls found in caves along the northern end of the Dead Sea. These scrolls are attributed to the Essenes. The resemblance between...
  • Latrines of the Essenes?

    11/14/2006 8:21:04 AM PST · by aculeus · 35 replies · 2,062+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2006 | By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Archaeologists, it seems, will dig anything, even latrines. Sometimes this uncovers the stuff of scholarly evidence. Over a hill, a discreet distance from and out of sight of the ruins of Qumran, near the Dead Sea, a broad patch of soil appeared to be discolored. Two archaeological sleuths had reasons to suspect this may have been Qumran’s toilet. Soil samples yielded the desiccated eggs of human intestinal parasites. The researchers say this could well be evidence supporting the controversial view that Qumran was occupied by an ascetic Jewish sect, the Essenes, and that they probably wrote the Dead Sea scrolls...
  • Toilet Evidence Links Dead Sea Scrolls To Sect (Essenes)

    11/14/2006 11:43:50 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,376+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-14-2006 | Thomas H Maugh II
    Toilet evidence links Dead Sea Scrolls to sect By Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times Following directions found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologists have discovered the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their lifespan. The discovery of the unique toilet area provides further evidence linking the scrolls to Qumran — an association that recently has been called into question by a small but vociferous group of archaeologists who have argued that the settlement was a pottery factory, a country villa...
  • Ancient toilet may be new evidence of Jewish sect

    01/04/2007 8:28:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies · 486+ views
    QUMRAN, West Bank -- Researchers say their discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet at one of the world's most important archaeological sites sheds new light on whether the ancient community was home to the authors of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In a new study, three researchers say they have discovered the outdoor latrine used by the ancient residents of Qumran, on the barren banks of the Dead Sea. They say the find proves the people living here two millennia ago were Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect that left Jerusalem to seek proximity to God in the desert. Qumran and...
  • Analyzing Dead Sea Scrolls evolves from carbon to DNA

    09/24/2006 8:58:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 456+ views
    Because some of the scrolls were written on animal hide, Seidl explained, experts since the mid-1990s have been able to establish a specific "genetic fingerprint" that can identify the species and even an individual animal to further aid in matching scroll fragments. Geology played a critical if indirect role in protecting the scrolls over the millennia. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the planet's surface. It's also one the saltiest places on Earth, which isn't so great for living things but helps keep other things in the area -- such as papyrus or skin documents -- from deteriorating......
  • Archaeologists Challenge Link Between Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Sect

    08/15/2006 5:09:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 72 replies · 2,238+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Jürgen Zangenberg Slide CollectionThe Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the Qumran ruins. New archaeological evidence is raising more questions about the conventional interpretation linking the desolate ruins of an ancient settlement known as Qumran with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in nearby caves in one of the sensational discoveries of the last century. After early excavations at the site, on a promontory above the western shore of the Dead Sea, scholars concluded that members of a strict Jewish sect, the Essenes, had lived there in a monastery and presumably wrote the scrolls in the...
  • Fighter jets destroy ten buildings in Lebanese capital

    07/25/2006 10:11:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 862+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/25/6 | YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    AF fighter jets bombarded Beirut on Tuesday afternoon, the first strikes in the city for nearly two days. A series of at least five heavy blasts were heard in the capital and a cloud billowed up from the southern district, a Hizbullah stronghold that has been heavily bombarded in the past. The IDF confirmed it had destroyed 10 buildings in the Lebanese capital including a vital target, but would not say what the target was. The quick succession of blasts set off car alarms in central Beirut, kilometers from the southern neighborhood of Dahiyah, and sirens were heard. More, smaller...
  • DNA to reveal source of Dead Sea Scrolls

    08/17/2004 9:43:31 PM PDT · by yonif · 31 replies · 997+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 18, 2004 | SARAH KATZ
    Authorities are hoping that DNA testing of animal bones discovered in excavations at the Qumran plateau will reveal the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Archeologists believe the findings will resolve the debate sparked nearly half a century ago with the discovery of the biblical manuscripts in 11 separate caves on the shores of the Dead Sea. Prof. Oren Gutfield of Hebrew University, who participated in the excavations, is attempting to ascertain the relationship between the scrolls and their place of discovery. "What we will do now are DNA tests to these bones in order to compare DNA results from...