Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls

Jar Lid Showing Papyrus Residue

Dec 30

Decayed Papyrus Hints that More Dead Sea Scrolls Remain

By: Jonathan Laden

The owner of the lid thought that it was contaminated by hardened bat dung. However, the residue was from papyrus. A jar probably fell, dislodging the lid; the papyrus Dead Sea Scrolls then decomposed over the intervening centuries before modern discovery.


Nov 26

The Puzzling Limits of Models

By: Jonathan Laden

Archaeology has been likened to solving a puzzle which is missing some–or occasionally most–of its pieces. The scholars who dedicate their lives to this pursuit […]


Oct 11

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

By: Megan Sauter

What do the Dead Sea Scrolls say about Jesus? What do they say about the world in which Jesus lived? In BAR, James C. VanderKam examines the overlap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament.

Qumran, Aerial View

Jun 23

Who Were the Essenes?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes.

Temple Scroll

Jun 15

Dead Sea Scrolls Genetically Fingerprinted

By: Jonathan Laden

The 25,000 fragments that make up the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many to be the archaeological discovery of the 20th century. They were […]

May 10

Josephus on the Essenes

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Josephus’s commentaries on the laws and characteristics of the Essene community have been invaluable to scholars studying ancient Jewish laws and customs.

Qumran Scriptorium

Apr 27

No Women at Qumran?

By: Marek Dospěl

Qumran is widely believed to have been a settlement established by the ancient Jewish sect of the Essenes. Most scholars further agree that there is […]

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Apr 21

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Do insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls add to the Masoretic text, and if so, should the original Hebrew Bible text be modified based this information? Scholars from both sides of the divide weigh in on this issue.


Mar 16

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Exposed

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Museum of the Bible holds 16 fragments of reputed Dead Sea Scrolls in their collection. On Friday, March 13, 2020, a study revealed that […]

Mar 4

Aramaic Memories of Daniel Recovered from the Dead Sea Scrolls

By: Andrew Perrin

Daniel is unique in the Hebrew Scriptures for several reasons. The book is a linguistic hybrid of Aramaic and Hebrew. Its collection of court tales […]