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Dead Sea Scrolls


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A collection of Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts, the first of which were found in 1947 by shepherds in a cave near the north-western shore of the Dead Sea. They belonged to the library of the Jewish (perhaps Essene) community at nearby Qumran, and were probably hidden shortly before the Roman destruction of 68 ad. The scrolls include fragments of nearly every book of the Hebrew Bible.

Subjects: biblical studies.


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