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?”

3 thoughts on “What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Even for secular scholars, the information provided about events surrounding the early church is fascinating!

  1. James R. Wheeler

    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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