Israeli scientists decipher 1,500 year-old biblical scroll
Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a 1,500 year old scroll they deemed the oldest biblical text found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The completely charred scroll, which was found forty five years ago in archaeological excavations at
Scientists and researchers around the globe who worked over one year to decipher the biblical verses, using state of the art and advanced technologies, were surprised to find the scroll to be a 1,500 year old copy of the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus.
"This discovery absolutely astonished us," said Pnina Shor, curator and director of the IAA's Dead Sea Scrolls Projects.
"We were certain it was just a shot in the
"The knowledge that we are preserving the most important find of the 20th century and one of the western world’s most important cultural treasures causes us to proceed with the utmost care and caution and use the most advanced technologies available today," she added.
To decipher the burnt remains, the IAA began working with
After the fragment of the
“The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting,” said Dr.
According to Porath,
“The settlement was completely burnt to the ground, and none of its inhabitants ever returned to reside there again, or to pick through the ruins in order to salvage valuable property,” he explained.
“In the archaeological excavations of the burnt synagogue, in addition to the charred scroll fragments, we found a bronze seven-branched candelabrum [menorah], the community’s money box containing 3,500 coins, glass and ceramic oil lamps, and vessels that held perfume.”
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A stunning story, shame that it will never receive any coverage on BBC news or Sky news as it cannot compete with the daily ISIS / Arab / Muslim terrorist attacks grabbing the news headlines.