The World’s Oldest Biblical Texts Read For The First Time – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr

The En-Gedi scroll was a lump of crumbling coal for over 1,700 years, but a new technique “unwrapped” it.

When the En-Gedi scrolls were excavated from an ancient synagogue’s Holy Ark in the 1970s, it was a bittersweet discovery for archaeologists. Though the texts provided further evidence for an ancient Jewish community in this oasis near the Dead Sea, the scrolls had been reduced to charred lumps by fire. Even the act of moving them to a research facility caused more damage.

But decades later, archaeologists have read parts of one scroll for the first time. A team of scientists in Israel and the US used a sophisticated medical scanning technique, coupled with algorithmic analysis, to “unwrap” a parchment that’s more than 1,700 years old.

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Source: One of the world’s oldest biblical texts read for the first time | Ars Technica

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