Dating the dead sea scrolls
Muhammad edh-Dhib, known as “the Wolf” , is credited with discovering the first Dead Sea Scrolls when he entered Cave 1 in search of a lost sheep.
This resulted in some of the most famous Biblical artifacts found in the process of archaeological looting. Trever Three of the scrolls, including the Book of Isaiah, were acquired in Bethlehem by Eleazar L.
It was the beginning of one of the 20th century’s greatest archaeological discoveries.
Since then, tens of thousands of scroll fragments have been found in caves in Qumran, about a mile from the Dead Sea in Israel.
Over the years the publications of this team gradually dwindled to a trickle and finally disappeared.
In the meantime, the unpublished texts were unavailable to the public or to other scholars.
The publication of the Cave 4 fragments was assigned under Jordanian auspices to eight scholars.Sukenik of The Hebrew University, who recognized the potential of these Bible artifacts found during the Bedouins’ archaeological looting to be the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence.The other four scrolls were acquired by the Metropolitan Samuel, the Jerusalem leader of a Syrian sect of Christians.When he was unable to sell them in Jerusalem, he took them to the United States, where they were displayed in the Library of Congress.Still unable to sell them, he placed a classified ad in offering them for sale.