Religion: The Latest on the Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls have already raised more dust in Christendom than anything since Darwin, and will certainly kick up more in years to come. It is well known that the scrolls were the sacred documents of a monastic sect living 20 centuries ago at Qumran, in what is now Jordan, and that the members of the sect hid the scrolls in caves to safeguard them from advancing Roman legions. But who were these people of the Dead Sea? The question is momentous, because they lived near the place where John the Baptist preached the Messiah's coming, during the time that...

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