Mysteries of the Ancient Scrolls

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is home to one of the most important archaeological findings of all times: the Dead Sea Scrolls. Ever since their discovering in 1947, they have been an endless topic of research, amazement and dispute. Over 900 scrolls were found, dating back 2000 years ago. Aside from the fact that this is one of the largest number of scripts to have ever been found from this time period, it is also contains the most ancient Hebrew copy of the Bible. 

Some of the mysteries concern the writers of these scripts. Who wrote so many? why were they hidden in caves in the Judean desert, in the mountains bordering the Dead Sea? Was John the Baptist a member of the group which wrote these scrolls?

Other mysteries which have fascinated researchers are the “external books”, scrolls which were excluded from the Bible, but were considered Holy 2000 years ago. The book of Chanoch and the book of “The War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness” are just two of these mysterious scrolls.

Some of these fascinating writings can be seen at the “Shrine of the Book” at the Israel Museum.

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