2000-year-old Biblical Scroll Unearthed in Israel

Scroll fragments from new discovery.

From All Israel News (ANS) – Portions of Nahum and Zechariah were discovered as part of challenging excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Tuesday the groundbreaking discovery of two dozen unique 2000-year-old biblical scroll fragments reportedly containing passages from the books of Nahum and Zechariah – located in a cave in the Judean desert.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to one another, render true and perfect justice in your gates. And do not contrive evil against one another, and do not love perjury, because all those are things that I hate—declares the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16–17

These verses were among the Scriptures discovered.

It is the first time such historical artifacts have been unearthed since the accidental discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Bedouin shepherds in the Qumran caves in the late 1940s.

The Nahal Hever cave is nicknamed “Cave of Horror” due to its inaccessibility and because some 40 skeletons of adults and children were discovered there decades ago. The cave, which could make for an ideal backdrop to an Indiana Jones movie, is located 80 meters below a cliff-top and can only be reached by rope, making for a challenging excavation.

The newly discovered scroll fragments were written in Greek, but the name of God is in paleo-Hebrew. In addition, the archaeological team discovered a 10,500-year-old well-preserved basket, one of the oldest complete baskets in the world. Even more remarkably, the team uncovered a 6000-year-old mummified child skeleton. In cooperation with Dr. Hila May from the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine and with the help of a CT scan, prehistorian Ronit Lupu estimates that the ancient child skeleton was between 6 to 12 years old.

Lupu shared about discovering the child skeleton, which was well preserved with cloth, hair, and even some skin due to the arid climate conditions in the desert cave.

“It was obvious that whoever buried the child had wrapped him up and pushed the edges of the cloth beneath him, just as a parent covers his child in a blanket. A small bundle of cloth was clutched in the child’s hands,” Lupu said.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service

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