Monday, February 16, 2015

DSS anniversary

SIXTY YEARS AGO: This Day in Jewish History / Four Dead Sea Scrolls come home to Israel. PM Sharett announces that an Apocalyptic Noah text and the oldest version of Isaiah among the Dead Sea scrolls bought from Syrian Church (David B. Green, Haaretz).
On February 13, 1955, Israel’s prime minister, Moshe Sharett, held a press conference to announce that the country had acquired four more of the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls, an acquisition of sterling importance to scholars of ancient Judaism and early Christianity and a real coup for the fledgling state’s national pride.

The four scrolls were the the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule, the Pesher to Habakkuk, and the Genesis Apocryphon.

UPDATE: I have corrected the opening of this post. My how time flies.