Friday, June 02, 2017

Retro DSS report

THE UCOBSERVER: Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Editor’s note: The discovery in 1947 of ancient biblical manuscripts in a rugged cave near the Dead Sea triggered a scholarly detective project that continues to this day. In the early 1950s, Rev. R.B.Y. Scott, a United Church minister and academic, participated in some of the initial excavations, as well as efforts to reclaim fragments that had fallen into the hands of antiquities dealers. Sixty years ago this month, Scott wrote this story about one of the Qumran caves that had yielded a trove of text fragments.
Rev. Scott's report on the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls holds up pretty well, even after sixty years.