Essenes May Have Authored Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea ScrollsPart of the mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is unraveling. Via the Daily Mail (yes, I know it’s a tabloid rag, but they have good photos…):

It has been debated for centuries, but scholars think they are one step closer to discovering who wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls.

The world’s oldest known biblical documents may have been penned by a sect called the Essenes, according to scholars who studied material discovered in caves at Qumran, in the West Bank.

Scholars previously believed the 2,000-year-old scrolls were written by a Jewish sect from Qumran in the Judean Desert and were hidden in the caves around 70AD, when the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem.

But this new research says that all the textiles are made of linen, rather than wool, which was the preferred textile used in ancient Israel.

The Dead Sea Scrolls consist of nearly 900 texts, the first batch of which were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947. They date from before A.D. 70, and some may go back to as early as the third century B.C.

Orit Shamir, curator of organic materials at the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Naama Sukenik, a graduate student at Bar-Ilan University, published their research comparing materials in journal Dead Sea Discoveries.

The pair compared the white-linen textiles found in the caves to other found elsewhere in ancient Israel, and they discovered some parts are being bleached white, even though fabrics from the period often have vivid colours, Live Science reports.

But not everyone agrees with their diagnosis…

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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21 Responses to Essenes May Have Authored Dead Sea Scrolls

  1. Ammar Mariti November 25, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    “But not everyone agrees with their diagnosis…
    [continues in the Daily Mail]”

    wow… that was the most suspense piece of news i have ever read in my life.

  2. Ammar Mariti November 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    “But not everyone agrees with their diagnosis…
    [continues in the Daily Mail]”

    wow… that was the most suspense piece of news i have ever read in my life.

  3. Siminatongue November 25, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    “It has been debated for centuries, but scholars think they are one step closer to discovering who wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls.”

    ???. First line in the story. The scrolls were first discovered in 1947 not even a century ago, never mind centurie”s” ago. Who wrote them couldn’t have been debated for centuries. Also since their discover they have not been “debated” in any scholarly sense either. With the exception of Allegro, but that was not a “debate”. It was establishment religion bringing money to bear in the form of paid yes men trying to destroy his career in order to discredit his work so as to keep a lid on the whole shebang.  The scrolls were sat on for 44 years while present day establishment religion tries to figure out how to spin them, rather than presenting them in a truly debated scholarly effort. Debate has actually been censured and controlled, to the extent that those in control of the scrolls CAN act to do so. The situation became almost scandalous and unmanageable by the early 90′s and some real work has been accomplished since their wider release. Managed to tightly control most efforts to discover the history and significance of the scrolls for nearly half a century, that’s a pretty successful conspiracy by any measure.

    I like reading about the scrolls, a small part of that is the conspiracy surrounding them, a larger part of it is understanding history, it’s an interesting subject. Can’t be bothered with this article though, it’s spinning not reporting. Thanks for the link anyway Majestic, yeah they are good pics too.

    • Keve Bradley November 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Good that you mention Allegro here. The Essene connection is not even news.

  4. Siminatongue November 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    “It has been debated for centuries, but scholars think they are one step closer to discovering who wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls.”

    ???. First line in the story. The scrolls were first discovered in 1947 not even a century ago, never mind centurie”s” ago. Who wrote them couldn’t have been debated for centuries. Also since their discover they have not been “debated” in any scholarly sense either. With the exception of Allegro, but that was not a “debate”. It was establishment religion bringing money to bear in the form of paid yes men trying to destroy his career in order to discredit his work so as to keep a lid on the whole shebang.  The scrolls were sat on for 44 years while present day establishment religion tries to figure out how to spin them, rather than presenting them in a truly debated scholarly effort. Debate has actually been censured and controlled, to the extent that those in control of the scrolls CAN act to do so. The situation became almost scandalous and unmanageable by the early 90′s and some real work has been accomplished since their wider release. Managed to tightly control most efforts to discover the history and significance of the scrolls for nearly half a century, that’s a pretty successful conspiracy by any measure.

    I like reading about the scrolls, a small part of that is the conspiracy surrounding them, a larger part of it is understanding history, it’s an interesting subject. Can’t be bothered with this article though, it’s spinning not reporting. Thanks for the link anyway Majestic, yeah they are good pics too.

  5. GregForest November 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Looks like someone flunked their journalism test but somehow still found a job. It should come as no surprise that it is the Daily Mail.

  6. Anonymous November 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Looks like someone flunked their journalism test but somehow still found a job. It should come as no surprise that it is the Daily Mail.

  7. Redacted November 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Obviously they were written by the Anti-Christ in his first appearance. This is before his most recent appearance as Ronald Reagan.

  8. Anonymous November 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Obviously they were written by the Anti-Christ in his first appearance. This is before his most recent appearance as Ronald Reagan.

  9. Anonymous November 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    This article is rubbish.  The first sentence is self-evidently incorrect; there are no new findings; and the interpretations presented are tendentious and trite.  Hardly worth passing on!

  10. Keve Bradley November 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Good that you mention Allegro here. The Essene connection is not even news.

  11. Essequiboy November 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    This article is rubbish.  The first sentence is self-evidently incorrect; there are no new findings; and the interpretations presented are tendentious and trite.  Hardly worth passing on!

  12. VoxMagi November 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    This is news? If it is news…its news the same way a headline reading “Sun comes up…again!” would be news. The debate was already tilting toward general acceptance of Essene scholars as the authors/keepers of the scrolls…so this isn’t anywhere near as shocking or as titillating as the Daily Fishwrapper would like to tart it up and make it. 

  13. VoxMagi November 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    This is news? If it is news…its news the same way a headline reading “Sun comes up…again!” would be news. The debate was already tilting toward general acceptance of Essene scholars as the authors/keepers of the scrolls…so this isn’t anywhere near as shocking or as titillating as the Daily Fishwrapper would like to tart it up and make it. 

  14. Hadrian999 November 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    my favorite part is where they say “it has been debated  for centuries” yet the dead sea scrolls weren’t discovered til 1947

  15. Hadrian999 November 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    my favorite part is where they say “it has been debated  for centuries” yet the dead sea scrolls weren’t discovered til 1947

  16. NoMan November 26, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Embarrassing.

  17. NoMan November 26, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Embarrassing.

  18. NoMan November 26, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Embarrassing.

  19. Big T November 26, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    A better story from a better URL.

    http://www.livescience.com/17123-dead-sea-scrolls-writers-textiles.html

  20. Big T November 26, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    A better story from a better URL.

    http://www.livescience.com/17123-dead-sea-scrolls-writers-textiles.html

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