Archaeology: Dead Sea Scrolls
Basic Facts Regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls
12 Basic Facts Regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls by Dr. James D. Tabor
Essenes, Nazarenes and the Development of Messianism
What? Who? When? Where? Why? By Jack Kilmon, Text and Images [Dead Sea Scrolls]
Fragment of a Dead Sea Scroll
Israel: Qumran, Cave 4; 1st century A.D. Parchment and ink. Oriental Museum. Purchased in Jordan, 1956. "This fragment from a Hebrew manuscript was once part of a library of scrolls hidden in caves near the Dead Sea. The parchment texts, wrapped in linen and stored in pottery jars, were hidden in the first century A.D. and recovered between 1947 and 1956, at which time they became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The biblical writings on many of these scrolls are the earliest known Hebrew copies of Old Testament texts. The text on this fragment comes from a non- biblical Essene psalter, similar to the Psalms of the Bible."
Great Isaiah Scroll
Probably the most valuable of these documents is the `Isaiah Scroll`. Some 23 feet long and made of leather, it is a remarkable testimony to the textual accuracy of the Bible as we know it today. Modern methods of estimating the age of the scroll and its flax, or linen cover, reveal the fact that it is a transcription of the complete text of the book of Isaiah made in about 100 B.C. The Qumran Isaiah scrolls are two. Q or Qa is the Qumran Great Isaiah Scroll and Qb is the Qumran Scroll of Isaiah that is about 75% complete. Qa, the Qumran Great Isaiah Scroll is complete from the first word on page 1 to the last word on page 54.
Library of Congress Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit
The texts in translation, with pictures and introduction. Also archaeological finds. [Online Text Archives] [Study Tools] [Collections]
Library of Congress Exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls
Background information on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and images of those fragments and artifacts displayed at the Library of Congress exhibit.
Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Maintained by the Orion Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The site contains up-to-date information about Orion Center services and symposia, virtual tours of the caves at Qumran, and a selective list of Dead Sea Scroll sites.
The Habakkuk Commentary from Qumran
From K. C. Hanson's Gallery of Photos of Syria & Israel. 1QpHab: The Habakkuk Pesher (The Commentary on Habakkuk from Qumran, Cave 1).
The Masada "Cave of the Skeletons"
The Masada "Cave of the Skeletons" by Dr. James D. Tabor. Deals with The Discovery, The Burial Controversy, Radiocarbon Dating, The Nicu Haas Examination, Yoram Tzafrir's Recollections, and Concluding Observations.
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