Religion: Home for the Scrolls

"Do you really think it's old, sir?"

An Armenian dealer in antiquities was asking the question, standing at a barbed-wire fence in Jerusalem (it had been put up by the British to separate Jews and Arabs). As he spoke, he reached across the fence and handed a small scrap of leather to Dr. Eleazar Sukenik of Hebrew University. The fragment came from the famed Bedouin find of scrolls in a cave by the Dead Sea, and Scholar Sukenik recognized the writing on it as being similar to letters he had seen carved on coffins...

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