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Professor Lawrence Schiffman discusses the Qumran Scrolls
It was probably the worst time to have to deal with ancient manuscripts. In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd tossed a stone into a cave close to the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, in Qumran. Rather than the sound of rock or earth, he heard the sound of breaking...
Few if any archaeological finds in the past century have elicited the interest or controversy that has surrounded the Dead Sea Scrolls.
With teachings, traditions, and narratives stretching back 37 centuries, how do we know they haven't been altered and even unrecognizably disfigured from their original iterations? And, is there any way to be certain that these stories really happened and...
Archeology and Halacha
Rabbi and archeologist, Yonatan Adler, tackles a medieval rabbinic debate about the proper arrangement of the parchments within tefillin by comparing these opinions to actual 2,000-year-old phylacteries found in Qumran.
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