Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls may be Solved

July 30th, 2010 - 10:47 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Dead Sea Scrolls July 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Several scientists are expressing the belief that a cryptic cup, along with ancient tunnels in Jerusalem and other findings made from archeologist’s studies may help solve the mystery of who the author of the Dead Sea Scrolls are.

Found in caves near the ancient settlement known as Qumran more than 60 years ago, the Dead Sea Scrolls are believed to have been written by a Jewish sect called the Essenes. The scrolls are written on papyrus rolls and parchment.

New research suggests, however, that the scrolls may have come from another location. This research, which includes the decoding of a cryptically designed cup, shows that the scrolls were written by several different groups of Jews, some of whom fled in 70 AD to escape the Roman siege which destroyed a temple in Jerusalem.

Others are of the belief that these scrolls could be “the great treasure from the Jerusalem Temple” that also held the Ark of the Covenant in the Bible. This would make the Dead Sea Scrolls very important.

Robert Cargill, who is an archaeologist noted in the documentary “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls” on ‘The National Geographic Channel’, stated “Jews wrote the Scrolls, but it may not have been just one specific group. It could have been groups of different Jews.”

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