Nine New Unopened Dead Sea Scrolls Found In Israel – After Laying Forgotten In A Storeroom For 60 Years
Nine new found penny-sized pieces of parchment believed to be part of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found in Israel.
The scrolls went unnoticed for almost 60 years until one scholar came across them while searching through the Israel Antiquities Authority’s (IAA) storerooms.
The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus written on them worn during prayers.
‘Either they didn’t realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn’t know how to open them,’ the IAA’s head of artefact treatment and conservation Pnina Shor said.
The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus written on them (called tefillin) that are worn by Jews during their morning prayers.
Their discoverer, Yonatan Adler, had the boxes scanned by an MRI at a hospital in Israel in hopes there would be parchment inside.
‘I found a number of fragments of tefillin cases from Qumran Cave 4, together with seven rolled-up [phylactery] slips,’ Adler told the Times of Israel.