Archaeologists in Israel Discover Dozens of New Dead Sea Scroll Fragments from Books of Zechariah, Nahum

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radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD

The moment when the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets scroll was discovered in Muraba‘at Cave. (Image by Israel Antiquities Authority)

JERUSALEM (FOX NEWS) — Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced the discovery of dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago.

The fragments of parchment bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

They are the first new scrolls found in archaeological excavations in the desert south of Jerusalem in 60 years.

The new pieces are believed to belong to a set of parchment fragments found in a site known as “The Cave of Horror” — named for the 40 human skeletons found there during excavations in the 1960s — that also bear a Greek rendition of the Twelve Minor Prophets.

The cave is located in a remote canyon in the Judean Desert south of Jerusalem.

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