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Experts just discovered more fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Israeli experts announced a discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls that include a biblical text

A fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with text from the book of Jubilees is on display in the exhibit Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
A fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with text from the book of Jubilees is on display in the exhibit Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Israeli scientists recently discovered fragments of the rare Dead Sea Scrolls and other relics, calling it a “historic discovery” in the caves of Israel, according to BBC News.

ABC News reports:

  • The researchers believe the fragments were reportedly written about a Jewish rebellion in Rome about 1,900 years ago.
  • The scrolls include Greek text from Zechariah and Nahum, books in the Bible.
  • Based on the writing style, the books were likely made back in the first century. That’s right. The first century.

It’s believed these fragments are apart of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which “include the earliest known copies of biblical texts and documents outlining the beliefs of a little-understood Jewish sect,” according to ABC News.

These fragments were believed to belong to another set of parchment discovered in the “Cave of Horror,” which was first discovered in the 1960s. The cave received that horrific name because there were 40 skeletons there, according to BBC News.

  • These new fragments were discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which started an expedition in the Judaean Desert to find artifacts, CBS News reports. The authorities decided to announce the discovery on Tuesday.