Religion: The Newest of the Dead Sea Scrolls

When Israeli troops occupied the West Bank of the Jordan in 1967, Israel's leading archaeologist, Yigael Yadin, was able to fulfill a dream. Pulling strings with Premier Levi Eshkol, he got the army to assign an officer to visit a certain antiquities dealer in Bethlehem.* Under pressure, the dealer opened a hiding place under the floor of his shop and surrendered an ancient, partially worm-eaten scroll.

Nearly a decade later, Yadin has finally completed his intricate work on the so-called Temple Scroll, the latest and quite possibly the last of the celebrated Dead Sea Scrolls. Later this year he will publish...

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