Dating of the dead sea scrolls
Cave 1 was excavated in 1949 and Albright dated jars and lamps associated with the scrolls before the second half of the reign of Herod when “Romanization” influences began to dominate.
Since Herod ruled 37 to 4 BC that places the pottery before ca 20 BCE. Items assessed were “scroll jars” and two “hellenistic” lamps.
(See Price, Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 1996; Eisenman & Wise, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, 1994; Golb, Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Israel reacquired the Great Isaiah Scroll in 1954 to study it and preserve it as a national treasure.
In the 1990s Doudna raised the question of whether the Qumran cave scrolls had been deposited as late as the first century CE.
and with the mighty ones he shall divide the spoil because he laid bare to death his soul and with the transgressors 22.
he was numbered, and he, the sins of many, he bore, and for their transgressions he entreated.
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A number of scholars, from a number of religions and professional disciplines, have analyzed this major find.