Burnt Hebrew Bible Scroll

"After over four decades, an ancient puzzle is solved!

When the ancient Jewish village of En Gedi dating back from the Byzantine period was completely destroyed by fire, it’s likely none of the survivors ever returned to claim their property.

But in the early 1970s when archaeological excavations began on the village site, charred scroll fragments were discovered in a burned-out synagogue—considered at the time to be the oldest Hebrew Bible scroll since the Dead Sea scrolls.

In 2015, using specially-devised digital imaging software, Israel Antiquities Authority researchers were able to read the burnt scroll fragments for the first time.

What they discovered was the first eight verses of the book of Leviticus!

Engage with the Bible—in an unending journey of discovery!"


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