Nine new Dead Sea scrolls discovered

Dead Sea Qumran grottoes

Nine new Qumran Scrolls have been discovered. The news was announced at a conference at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano, reports Vatican Insider.

The scrolls lay inside the Qumran desert grottoes for centuries and remained hidden for another 60 years inside what were catalogued as tefillin, the phylacteries worn by observant Jews during prayer.

This is the background to the sensational discovery of nine new Qumran scrolls.

The Dead Sea area of the Qumran is the site where hundreds of fragments of texts from the Torah and Jewish literary pieces dating back to two thousand years ago were discovered in the mid Twentieth century. The scrolls remained in tact thanks to the microclimate of a complex of desert grottoes and have become a key reference point in biblical science studies. These grottoes were inhabited by a community about which many theories have emerged.

So there are now nine Qumran scrolls to keep experts busy. The discovery was made very recently and was announced a few days ago at the international research seminar 'The history fo the Qumran grottoes' organised by the Faculty of Theology in Lugano and coordinated by Professor Marcello Fidanzio.

The news was announced by the archaeologist Yonatan Adler of Israel’s Ariel University which found the scrolls inside the tefillin that were being kept at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in the Qumran artifact section. The material comes from grottoes 4 and 5, where most of the manuscripts were found during the 1952 excavations led by Dominican French archaeologist Roland de Vaux.

There will undoubtedly be those who will snatch at the opportunity to stress the arguments contained in the literature on this subject, which claim that the Qumran holds the key to certain mysteries that will rewrite the history of early Christianity. But any such surprises are unlikely, at least as far as the tefillin are concerned. These should contain traditional Torah texts, probably some verses from Deuteronomy. But from a biblical archaeological point of view, this is precisely why said material is so valuable.

FULL STORY Nine new Qumran scrolls discovered (Vatican Insider)

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