Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Possibly Solved

July 31st, 2010 - 1:57 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

dead1 July 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered over 60 years ago in a cave which is located near the ancient settlement of Qumran, but it is not known who actually wrote the sacred texts. Until recently, it was believed by researchers that the ancient parchments were written by the Essenes, which is a Jewish sect of people who lived in the settlement that was close by to the caves, but now a cryptic cup, along with several ancient tunnels in Jerusalem may hold the truth as to who actually wrote the papers.

The cryptic writing on the cup which is being decoded by researchers has clues which suggest that the scrolls may have been written by several different groups of Jewish people that could have been among those Jews that were forced to flee when the Roman armies attacked the Temple in Jerusalem when Rome was attempting to stop the revolt which had come to a head at the Battle of Masada.

These new discoveries suggest that the scrolls could have been placed in the Ark of the Covenant which is spoken of in the Bible. According to Archeologist Robert Cargill “Jews wrote the Scrolls, but it may not have been just one specific group. It could have been groups of different Jews.” It is thought that the scrolls were rushed away and hidden before the Romans attacked.

The Dead Sea Scrolls consist of 900 documents, many of which are texts directly from the Hebrew Bible. They were discovered in eleven different caves along the West Bank of the Dead Sea from the years 1947 to 1956. They are written in the languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. There has since been many theories as to who actually wrote the documents.

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