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The last Dead Sea Scrolls cave, linked to the ruins on the marl shelf at the mouth of Wadi Qumran, was discovered in 1956, bringing the total number of caves to eleven — eleven caves containing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, ceramic jars, and a number of other artifacts. For sixty years archaeologists and looters have been searching for a twelfth cave. Would another one ever be found? Most didn’t think so. This is what makes the announcement from Hebrew University so astounding: A twelfth cave has been discovered!
Price and his team made a truly significant discovery. Although the cave that the archaeologist and his team excavated had been looted (and the looters left behind a couple pick-axes), what was unearthed was quite important. Price and has team recovered six jars identical to the jars found in several of the other Qumran caves. These ceramic jars were designed to contain scrolls. The condition of the some of the better-preserved Scrolls strongly supports the widely-held view that the jars were indeed intended for that purpose. Most of these jars are on display in Jerusalem’s Shrine of the Book and in Kando’s famous antiquities shop in Bethlehem. Although there are doubters, most scholars are convinced that these ceramic jars at one time contained many of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Not only were six scroll jars recovered (broken), but small fragments of parchment and papyrus, as well as at least one linen used for wrapping scrolls.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: 5StarOracle
Could you imagine if the scroll was an original gospel ? Or better yet a set of original NT writings that were copied and the Originals placed there to only be found . Keeping a lid on it might be a understatement until a proper time .
some 40% of them are copies of texts from the Hebrew Scriptures, approximately another 30% of them are texts from the Second Temple Period which ultimately were not canonized in the Hebrew Bible, like the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees, the Book of Tobit, the Wisdom of Sirach, Psalms 152–155, etc., and the remaining roughly 30% of them are sectarian manuscripts of previously unknown documents that shed light on the rules and beliefs of a particular group (sect) or groups within greater Judaism, like the Community Rule, the War Scroll, the Pesher on Habakkuk, and The Rule of the Blessing.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
There is no mention of scrolls and only some fragments of pottery and I think parchment too that will have to go to the lab .
I find it amazing how much info they can tease out of finds this small .But one small fragment can be a very big piece to the larger unanswered questions about the place and time .
I am a little confused by this statement . ""could have but was ???
material that could have been in the Bible but was edited out
"As for Wisdom who is called "the barren", she is the mother [of the] angels. And the companion of the [...] Mary Magdalene. [... loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her [...]. The rest of [the disciples...] They said to him, "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Savior answered and said to them, "Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in the darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness."
That is probably a million dollar question that is being looked into .The community documents may contain that data .There is research being done on the water system that flowed into the temple and actually worked its way to Qumran .Its hard to say what nuggets of data they are compiling .Last I heard they were a little less then a mile away .The brook or stream has long lost its volume of water and construction has buried parts of it . Possible local documents may also add to the data .
Do you think there is any significance in the number of Qumran caves containing manuscripts, or would the number of caves be arbitrary?