The discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls in a remote Judean Desert cave in 1947 is widely considered the greatest archaeological event of the twentieth century. Bedouin treasure hunters and archaeologists ultimately found the remains of hundreds of ancient scrolls. These fragile pieces of parchment and papyrus, including the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible, were preserved for two thousand years by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves where they were placed. The scrolls provide an unprecedented picture of the diverse religious beliefs of ancient Judaism, and of daily life during the turbulent Second Temple period when Jesus lived and preached.
Finally at your fingertips – The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library offers an exceptional encounter with antiquity. Using the world’s most advanced imaging technology, the digital library preserves thousands of scroll fragments, including the oldest known copies of biblical texts, now accessible to the public for the first time.
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