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The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea between the years 19.
The ancient texts, found hidden in pots in cliff-top caves by a monastic religious community, confirm the reliability of the Old Testament text. Coins found in the monastery ruins proved by their inscriptions to have been minted between 135 B.
There are nonbiblical writings along the order of commentaries on the OT, paraphrases that expand on the Law, rule books of the community, war conduct, thanksgiving psalms, hymnic compositions, benedictions, liturgical texts, and sapiential (wisdom) writings. The discovery of the Scrolls has greatly enhanced our knowledge of these two languages.
The Scrolls are for the most part, written in Hebrew, but there are many written in Aramaic. In addition, there are a few texts written in Greek. The Essenes are mentioned by Josephus and in a few other sources, but not in the New testament.
Find out more Enlarged image Zoomable high-resolution image The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 800-900 documents, many containing ancient Biblical texts.
Some are in tantalising fragments (there are over 50,000 individual pieces in all).
This piece, part of the Psalms, dates from the year 50.