Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Published on November 24th, 2011 | by Admin


A study of textiles found in the caves at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered may have revealed the authors of the scrolls: a sectarian group called the Essenes.

The research reveals that all the textiles were made of linen, rather than wool, which was the preferred textile used in ancient Israel. Also they lack decoration, some actually being bleached white, even though fabrics from the period often have vivid colours. Altogether, researchers say these finds suggest that the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, “penned” some of the scrolls.

Not everyone agrees with this interpretation. An archaeologist who has excavated at Qumran told LiveScience that the linen could have come from people fleeing the Roman army after the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and that they are in fact responsible for putting the scrolls into caves.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Joseph Calev, Shutterstock

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