Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran partially written by Essenes?

By on Nov 23, 2011 in Amazing, Archaelogy, Middle East, Science, Weird, World Comments
Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls
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Dead Sea Scrolls mystery may have been solved by recent findings of about 200 textiles in the West Bank caves of Qumran. The discovery suggests that the Dead Sea Scrolls were partially written by Essenes, an ancient Jewish sectarian group, according to reports by several international news sites on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

The mysterious author of the Dead Sea Scrolls has divided scholars for a long time and the textiles may be the key to unite them. The uncovered textiles were made of undecorated, bleached white linen reportedly the preferred textile by ancient Israel. Researchers are getting convinced that these textiles points to the Essenes as the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

However, some archaeologists believe that the discovered linen at Qumran may have been from the Roman army who fled after Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D. They added that the Romans may have been the ones who hid the scrolls, with about 900 texts, inside the Qumran caves.

Bedouin Shepherd found the initial batch of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. These scrolls contained several writings that include part of the Hebrew Bible, hymns, calendars and psalms, and many other works.



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