The 25 newly published scroll fragments were acquired by two separate collectors. Researchers are now working on determining the exact origins of the newly revealed Dead Sea Scrolls.
Another fascinating discovery has been made as researchers have brought back to light 25 previously unpublished ‘Dead Sea Scroll’ fragments which are believed to date back some 2,000 years.
These ‘previously unpublished’ scrolls contain texts from the ancient Hebrew Bible and their contents are detailed in two new books.
According to LiveScience, the scroll fragments detail parts of numerous ancient books like Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel and Jonah.
However, researchers warn that The Qumran Caves are yet to yield fragments belonging to the Book of Nehemiah.
Now, researchers will have to wait in order to authenticate the new fragments. If they show up as being authentic, it would mean researchers have come across the first fragment from the Book of Nehemiah
According to reports, the newly published fragments are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as researchers aim to reveal more fascinating discoveries.
Speaking to LiveScinece, a scholar stated that approximately 70 newly discovered fragments have shown up on antiquities markets since 2002.
Scholars have already published several details of the newly donated scroll fragments in the book volume “Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection” (Brill, 2016).
“Some of these fragments must have come from Qumran, probably Cave 4, while the others may have derived from other sites in the Judean Desert,” wrote Emanuel Tov, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the book volume. “Unfortunately, little is known about the provenance of these fragments because most sellers did not provide such information at the time of the sale.”
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a massive collection of nearly 1000 different ancient texts which have been found in (eleven) Qumran Caves.
These texts are of unprecedented historical, religious and linguistic significance since they include some of the OLDEST known surviving manuscripts researchers have ever found.
Most of the texts were written in Hebrew although some of them were written in Aramaic and only a few in Greek.
Researchers are yet to identify all of the scrolls.
The 25 newly published scroll fragments were acquired by two separate collectors.
Recently, researchers published a new study from the Dead Sea Scrolls which suggests Noah’s ark was real and it was shaped like a pyramid.
There are two descriptions of the ship appearing in ancient literature, strangely, neither of those descriptions seems to satisfy naval engineering standards since those designs illustrate a ship that is completely unseaworthy.
In the Old Testament Noah’s ark is described as a rectangular “box” with straight sides, having no bows, no keel nor hull. In fact, according to historians the Hebrew word for “the ark” is a box or container. Historians point that word games mean little here since the Hebrews they were a people without oceans and had extremely little experience with boats or naval engineering.
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