(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologist Daniel Weinstube from Israel made a statement that he was able to get closer to solving the mystery associated with the Qumran manuscripts.
The scrolls were discovered near the Dead Sea and are approximately two thousand years old. Reported by Religions.
They date from the 3rd century BC to the 1st century AD and contain religious texts. Until today, scientists cannot say who exactly wrote them.
In addition, there are many other important questions. For example, why were only public buildings found in Qumran and not a single residential building? Why were so many ritual baths and earthenware jars found in a place where very few people lived?
According to the scientist, this area was in close proximity to the Essenes, who might not live there on a permanent basis, but at the same time regularly visited Qumran in order to hold the annual holiday of “acceptance of the covenant.”
This assumption is confirmed not only by the results of excavations, but also by the texts of the manuscripts. Most likely, the ceremony was described in maximum detail in a document from the Middle Ages, which was found in the Cairo geniza. It was copied from a source that appeared around 1000 BC.
The archaeologist added that his theory also takes into account the fact that the scrolls may not have been written in Qumran itself. He is more inclined to believe that the manuscripts were brought to the cave from different parts of the country and they were kept there for many decades.
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