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Dead Sea Scrolls

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A group of scrolls and scroll fragments of leather, parchment, and papyrus, mostly dating from the last two centuries bc, that contain passages from books of the Hebrew Scriptures and from apocryphal biblical books as well as sectarian writings. They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 at sites along the Dead Sea and are of great importance for reconstructing the compilation of the Hebrew Scriptures and for understanding Jewish culture in the era immediately preceding the birth of Jesus.

Dead Sea Scrolls

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(Bible) a collection of manuscripts in Hebrew and Aramaic discovered in caves near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. They are widely held to have been written between about 100 bc and 68 ad and provide important biblical evidence

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a number of leather, papyrus, and copper scrolls dating from c100 B.C. to A.D. 135, containing partial texts of Old Testament books and some non-Biblical scrolls, in Hebrew and Aramaic, and including apocryphal writings, commentaries, hymns, and psalms: found in caves near the Dead Sea beginning in 1947.
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Noun1.Dead Sea scrolls - (Old Testament) a collection of written scrolls (containing nearly all of the Old Testament) found in a cave near the Dead Sea in the late 1940s; "the Dead Sea Scrolls provide information about Judaism and the Bible around the time of Jesus"
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
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Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, in caves by the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, was one of the greatest archaeological events of the 20th century.
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