DSSJarCheck out the news story here:

Once unopened, the scrolls are expected to shed new light on the religious practices of the Jewish people during the Second Temple Period between the years of 530 BC and 70, an era named for a holy place of worship for the Jewish people that was constructed by the builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod.”

I wrote my master’s thesis on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 1QpHab, and when I visited Israel for the first time, I was able to see that particular scroll in the Israeli Museum.  Earlier this year, I had the privilege of seeing several of the scrolls that are housed in Amman, Jordan in the new Jordan Museum, including the copper scroll.  Since I first began studying them, the scrolls have fascinated me, and to know that nine more unopened scrolls were just found in a store room where they’ve been since being unearthed at Qumran over half a century ago – wow.

I believe that archaeological finds such as this can illuminate the Bible for us and help us to understand the text, life in antiquity, and culture/customs of the biblical era better. I’m looking forward to learning more about what these new scrolls will bring to our understanding!

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