Israeli police have seized a 2,000-year-old Hebrew scroll from two Palestinians who were trying to illegally sell the valuable antiquity. Police believe they belong to a team of looters who stole the document from an illegal excavation.
The document is in ancient Hebrew script in a style of writing mainly known from the Dead Sea Scrolls and from inscriptions in ossuaries and coffins.
The upper line of the text reads: “Year 4 to the destruction of Israel,” the antiquities authority said.
This could mean the year 74 AD if the author refers to the year Jerusalem’s Second Temple was destroyed, or the year 139 if he means the destruction of the rural settlements of Judah at the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt, it said.