Dating of the dead sea scrolls

18-Jan-2018 17:53

Some scholars believe that the psalm collection was copied out at Qumran, but was not compiled there.

Of the 40 scrolls that contain Psalms, over half (23) came from Cave 4; six came from Cave 11.

Introduction The first request for the application of up-to-date AMS carbon dating on Qumran documents was made by Professors Robert Eisenman of California State University Long Beach and Philip Davies of the University of Sheffield, England in a letter to Amir Drori, then Head of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, on May 2, 1989.

The letter stemmed from their frustration at the denial of an earlier request in March 16, 1989 , addressed to John Strugnell and copied to Mr.

However, their origins are the subject of much scholarly debate, and there are many different theories.

They may have been written out by the scribes of an ancient community living at Qumran, near the caves where they were found.These celebrated texts are of unique historical and religious significance.

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