JERUSALEM: Israel on Tuesday introduced fragments of a scriptural scroll going back some 2,000 years, in what specialists called the most significant such discover because the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The artefacts were uncovered throughout excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Judean desert, which spans parts of southern Israel and also the busy West Financial institution.
In a site referred to as the “Cave of Horrors,” excavators located fragments of a scroll with a Greek translation of the Hebrew bible, the very first such locate considering that the very early 1960s.
“For the very first time in about 60 years, historical excavations have discovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” the IAA stated.
Oren Ableman, an IAA curator, said parts of the exact same scroll from guide of the Twelve Minor Prophets were first found in the Cave of Horrors by Bedouins in the 1950s.
The Cave of Horrors took its name from the various skeletons located inside it and also the treacherous surface close by.
The majority of the text remains in old Greek, a widely used language at the time, but words Lord appears in old Hebrew script.
Oren stated that amongst one of the most striking features of the new pieces is a variance with all various other recognized versions of the Old Testament: in one flow, words “gateways” is replaced by the word “roads.” The relevance of that discrepancy is “what we are trying to find currently,” he said.