Saturday, July 16, 2005


Dead Sea Scrolls watch out! Two Leviticus scroll fragments have come to light after being purchased by a scholar from a Bedouin:
A secretive encounter with a Bedouin in a desert valley led to the discovery of two fragments from a nearly 2,000-year-old parchment scroll - the first such finding in decades, an Israeli archaeologist said Friday.
The finding has given rise to hope that the Judean Desert may yield more treasures, said Professor Chanan Eshel, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv's Bar Ilan University.

The two small pieces of brown animal skin, inscribed in Hebrew with verses from the Book of Leviticus, are from "refugee" caves in Nachal Arugot, a canyon near the Dead Sea where Jews hid from the Romans in the second century, Eshel said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Tests are being conducted to verify authenticity, and you can be sure that the search is on for more of them.

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