What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Google, in conjunction with the Israeli Museum, has made a chunk of the Dead Sea Scrolls available online. You can view the the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls here.

However, while many people have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, few actually know what they are or why they are important.

This month’s Biblical Archaeology Review highlights the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls including who wrote them, where they were placed, how they were discovered, and their relevance to Biblical Scholars.

Read more in their article “Where Were the Dead Sea Scrolls Found and Who Put Them There?”

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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3 Responses to What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

  1. I am not religious at all, but I did find the Dead Sea Scrolls fascinating when I had the opportunity to see them in Seattle.

  2. Strictly from a rationalist point of view, the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls is important only because it confirms that parts of the Old Testament appear to be consistent with what it was a millennium later. Big deal, if you are an antiquities scholar, that is.

    There seems to be a general perception that modern people are smarter than ancient people, but I would demur. The human brain probably hasn’t changed much in two millennia or three or even six. Those are short periods for evolution. What has changed is the incremental growth of knowledge, mostly of the technological kind. But there was nothing to preclude some smart guys getting together way back then and agreeing on a consistent collection of history mixed with myth to provide a good foundation for a religion. That, I submit, is exactly what happened.

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