The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

What Have We Learned?

Qumran Cave 4The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956. After an initial flurry of excitement, the scrolls went into a period of quiet withdrawal. When I entered the field in the 1960s, only a few of the scrolls had been published. Those were the ones that were preserved in the Israel Museum that, in 1965, built a home for them known as the Shrine of the Book. A small number of the many texts discovered in the early 1950s while the West Bank was under Jordanian administration had subsequently appeared. I was fascinated by the study of the scrolls, a then little-known and underappreciated group of documents.

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