Dead sea scroll dating

Though Bedouin shepherds first discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in Khirbet Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, in late 1946 or early 1947, official excavations of the Qumran caves didn’t begin until the 1950s.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have demonstrated that the Old Testament was accurately transmitted during this interval.

In addition, they provide a wealth of information on the times leading up to, and during, the life of Christ.” —Dr.

Since 1947 the site of these discoveries-the Qumran region (the desert plain and the adjoining mountainous ridge) and the Qumran site have been subjected to countless probes; not a stone has remained unturned in the desert, not an aperture unprobed.

The Qumran settlement has been exhaustively excavated.

Archaeologists have unearthed a new cave associated with the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, filled with ancient storage jars and lids, marking the first successful excavation of its kind in 60 years.

Until Wednesday, researchers assumed only 11 caves contained scrolls.

“Probably the Dead Sea Scrolls have had the greatest Biblical impact.

They have provided Old Testament manuscripts approximately 1,000 years older than our previous oldest manuscript.

The first trove found by the Bedouins in the Judean Desert consisted of seven large scrolls from Cave I.

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