Bronze coins found at the same sites form a series beginning with John Hyrcanus (in office 135–104 BCE) and continuing until the period of the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE), supporting the radiocarbon and paleographic dating of the scrolls.
The texts have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the second-oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late Second Temple Judaism.
He grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and graduated in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
David Prill wrote columns for the campus newspaper Minnesota Daily.
It was identified as the Biblical Book of Isaiah in 1948, and purchased by the Syrian Orthodox Church at that time.
A 26-year-old woman in a remote village complained of a mysterious illness and claimed her uncle, who had died three months earlier, was visiting her at night and drinking blood from her heart.
A number of scholars, from a number of religions and professional disciplines, have analyzed this major find.
The Great Isaiah Scroll was discovered in Cave 1 in 1947.
The 11 Qumran Caves lie in the immediate vicinity of the Hellenistic-period Jewish settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the eastern Judaean Desert, in modern Israel.
The caves are located about one mile (1.6 kilometres) west of the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, whence they derive their name.