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Who Found the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea scrolls contain some of the oldest copies of Biblical (Old Testament) writings. But who found the Dead Sea scrolls? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about the Dead Sea scrolls.

Who Found the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered by Muhammed edh-Dhib and his cousin Jum’a Muhammad in the winter of 1946/47. While shepherding, Jum’a Muhammad saw some holes. By throwing rocks down them he discovered that they were big enough to fit a person. Later, Muhammed edh-Dhib fell into one of the hole and found some scrolls in a pot! What an amazing (and lucky) discovery!

Interesting Facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Most people believe the Dead Sea scrolls were produced by a Jewish sect known as the Essenes.
  • There are plans to make digital copies of the scrolls available for the general public to read on the internet.
  • The scrolls were first sold on July 1, 1954. The ad in the Wall Street Journal advertised the scrolls as “Biblical Manuscripts dating back to at least 200BC… would be an ideal gift to an educational or religious institution by an individual or group”.

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