Xlibris News| Deciphering a Dead Sea Scroll

Xlibris News| Deciphering a Dead Sea ScrollIn a recent article, The Guardian elaborates that one of the remaining undeciphered Dead Sea Scrolls has been successfully translated. Found within the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea, between the years 1946 and 1956, the Dead Sea Scrolls shaped a great deal of modern knowledge regarding the Old Testament and ancient Jewish religion.


As a number of the scrolls had been torn or reduced to fragments (as many as 15,000 pieces), it has been the work of decades to both piece together and then decipher the remaining Dead Sea Scrolls. After 40 years, the researchers working at the University of Haifa have deciphered one of the last two scrolls. Thanks to a year of diligence by Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Professor Jonathan Ben-Dov, scroll fragments were assembled and translated to reveal a chart of feast days.


While such knowledge was widely prevalent within the culture at the time of its writing, members of the leadership caste chose to write in code as both a practice and a symbol of their high status. The newly deciphered scroll also revealed heretofore-unknown names for days marked by the Qumran Sect to celebrate transitions of the seasons.


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