For the first time in about 60 years, archaeologists have recovered parts known since the 1940s as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
They are 2000-year-old documents, mostly found in caves in the Judean Desert, which lies near the Dead Sea in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The usually rolled up parchment documents were hidden in caves during a Jewish revolt against the Romans in 132 – 136 AD. In the years 1947 – 1956, archaeologists discovered the biblical documents.
According to Israeli authorities, in addition to parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, coins, a 6,000year-old skeleton and “the oldest basket in the world” has now been found. The basket must be at least 10,000 years old.
The texts are generally written in Ancient Greek, but God’s name is always in an old version of Hebrew. According to Israel Hasson of the Antiquities Authority (IAA), the major search operation in the desert area has started because looters are also lurking.
He calls for even more time and money to be spent looking for these Biblical documents because only half of the targeted desert area has actually been searched. There are many more caves that robbers are interested in.