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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? The Dead Sea Scrolls are religious writings that were first discovered in 1947, hidden in caves near the Dead Sea. The dry atmosphere of the caves had the effect of preserving the scrolls. About 800 scrolls have been found, mostly in a place called Qumran in modern-day Israel. They date from between 150 Bc and AD68 and they include all of the books of the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, except for Esther.

Scholars believe that the scrolls were concealed by members of a religious sect called the Essenes, who lived in the isolated community. They hid the scrolls to keep them safe during political unrest in the area, where they remained hidden for hundreds of years.

This is the museum in Jerusalem where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. They appear to date from around the time of Jesus, and were probably compiled by a religious sect.

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most important aspects of Christianity. The Romans tolerated most religions but were not interested in Christianity until it appeared to threaten their rule.

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Date Added: 03 January '12

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