Religion: Criticism from a Cave

Ever since the discovery of Biblical manuscripts in a Palestine cave seven years ago (TIME, Oct. 31, 1949), archeologists have been looking with renewed diligence for more. Seventeen months ago, in a cave at Wadi Qumran, in Jordan, a band of diggers found a stone writing table almost 2,000 years old, and strewn about it scraps of leather and papyrus, enough to fill several bushel baskets. The Hebrew script on the papyrus was minuscule,'and many fragments could be read only with the help of an infrared camera. But the texts, when examined, turned...