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The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 972 texts from the Hebrew Bible and extra-biblical documents found between 1947 and 1956 on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name. They were specifically located at Khirbet Qumran in the British Mandate for Palestine, in what is now known as the West Bank.

The Oldest Surviving Texts from the Hebrew Bible (Circa 600 BCE): In 1979 two tiny silver scrolls, inscribed with portions of the well-known apotropaic Priestly Blessing of the Book of Numbers, and apparently once used as amulets, were found in one of a burial chambers at Ketef Hinnom, an archaeological site near Jerusalem. The delicate process of unrolling the scrolls, while developing a method that would prevent them from disintegrating, took three years. Even though very brief...

The ancient texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, yet to this day they remain shrouded in mystery and controversy. The 2,000-year-old collection of writings, which includes the earliest surviving pieces of the Bible such as the Book of Isaiah, shown here, was discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd in a cave above the ancient settlement of Qumran.

The Only Ancient Egyptian Document that Mentions Israel found to date (1,209 BCE – 1,208 BCE) The Merneptah Stele .

The Great Isaiah Scroll, pictured above, dates to around 125 BC, about 1000 years older than the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible at the time it was discovered in 1947. With Google, the Israel Museum has digitized five of the scrolls. Viewers can zoom in on the text and drag their cursors over particular verses, revealing English translations of the Biblical Hebrew.

Are they as close to the text of the original Bible? Some turn to the Dead Sea Scrolls simply because they are older: 2,000-year-old texts were less likely to be subjected to scribal corruption, implying that they reflect a more original Bible language. Tov examines a number of textual discrepancies between Bible versions (Did God finish work on the sixth or seventh day before resting on the seventh day? How were the nations divided according to the number of the sons of God?) in his

Jewish Torah Scrolls - the most beautiful Bibles in the world

Dead Sea Scroll Of Isaiah in Israel. One of the best-kept scrolls found at Qumran.

Genesis, 1st chapter - Dead Sea Scrolls

Books were discovered five years ago in a cave in a remote part of Jordan to which Christian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. Important documents from the same period have previously been found there.