What climate made the Dead Sea Scrolls survive?

Answer The Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical manuscripts dating from the beginning of the Christian era, were discovered in 1947 near Qumran on the Dead Sea. The scrolls were so well preserved that many scholars... Read More »

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What do the dead sea scrolls contain?

A persecuted sect of Jews, possibly the Essenes, hid the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves near the settlement of Qumran in about A.D. 70. They contain biblical and non-biblical religious and wisdom te... Read More »

Are the Dead Sea Scrolls real?

The Dead Sea Scrolls are very real, although their significance is a matter of some debate. According to "The Wall Street Journal," the central issue is whether they constitute the work of a single... Read More »

Why are the Dead Sea Scrolls so important?

Beginning in 1947 and continuing until 1956, more than 800 texts and other documents from or relating to the Hebrew Bible were found in a series of 11 caves near Qumran, an ancient fortress along t... Read More »

Who owns the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Israel owns the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they are part of the Israel Antiquities Authority. They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, near the coast of th... Read More »