Dead sea scroll dating
At Naḥal Ḥever, in the “Cave of Horrors” (containing skeletal remains), there were bits of a Greek recension of the Minor Prophets.A fourth site, 8.5 miles (13.6 km) north of ancient Jericho, yielded about 40 badly damaged documents deposited in a cave by Samarians, who were massacred there by soldiers of Alexander the Great in 331 , possibly of Essene authorship.
Whatever its origins may have been, the community offers a fascinating example of a Jewish messianic movement, and thus a sociological parallel to the early Christians.Study of the scrolls has enabled scholars to push back the date of a stabilized Hebrew .The 15,000 fragments (most of which are tiny) represent the remains of 800 to 900 original manuscripts.Excavations at Naḥal Ẓeʾelim, in the “Cave of Scrolls,” uncovered clear evidence of the Bar Kokhba era and, in the “Cave of Letters,” 15 papyri of Bar Kokhba with a psalms fragment.Later diggings produced additional letters of Bar Kokhba and a large body of Nabataean, Aramaic, and Greek documents.
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Several well-preserved documents were recovered from Cave 11, including a large scroll with canonical, apocryphal, and unknown psalms.