Jerusalem On Tuesday, Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of dozens of new artifactsIt bears a biblical text. The fragments were found in a desert cave and are believed to have been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1900 years ago.
Parts of the manuscript bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been dated with radiocarbon dating to the second century AD, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It is the first of new manuscripts to be found in archaeological excavations in the desert south of Jerusalem in 60 years.
The new pieces are believed to belong to a group of manuscript fragments found at a site known as the “Cave of Terror” – named after the 40 skeletons found there during excavations in the 1960s – that also bears a Greek translation of the Twelve Minor Prophets. The cave is located in a remote valley in the Judean Desert, south of Jerusalem.
The shrapnel is believed to have been hidden in the cave during the Bar Kokhba revolt, an armed Jewish uprising against Rome during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, between 132 and 136 AD.
The artifacts were found during an operation by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Judean Desert to find manuscripts and other artifacts to prevent possible looting. The authority held a press conference on Tuesday to reveal the discovery.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, profIn the West Bank near Qumran in the 1940’s and 1950’s, dating from the third century BC to the first century AD, it includes the earliest known copies of biblical texts and documents that identify the beliefs of an incomprehensible Jewish sect.
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