The end of the same verse is preserved in a large fragment that was purchased and originally published by Yigal Yadin. The new fragment indicates that the text of Psalm in this manuscript was slightly shorter than the Hebrew text commonly used nowadays. Another fragment contains letters written in the ancient Hebrew script Paleo-Hebrew.
This fragment could not be attributed to any one of the known manuscripts. This raises the possibility that it belonged to a still unknown manuscript. Source: This press release was originally published by Ashernet on 02 May All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. All other materials are property of Bridges for Peace. Share this:. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
An undiscovered ancient manuscript may lay buried among the Dead Sea Scrolls, according to Israeli archaeologists. Researchers examining tiny fragments of the texts with imaging technology built by Nasa found hidden letters invisible to the naked eye. One of the passages, written in early Hebrew, hints at the existence of a never-before-seen manuscript still unknown to researchers. Researchers examining tiny fragments of the texts pictured with imaging technology built by Nasa found hidden letters invisible to the naked eye.
The pieces had not previously been sorted or deciphered due to their 'small size and precarious physical state', according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The texts include tens of thousands of parchment fragments that are thought to belong to an estimated 1, manuscripts written at least two millennia ago. Researcher Oren Ableman examined a few dozen fragments as part of a long-term project to digitise the ancient scrolls. A number of the newly deciphered texts have been identified as belonging to books of the Hebrew Bible, including Deuteronomy, Leviticus and Jubilees.
In this image a researcher points to one of the fragments found to harbour hidden text next to the scroll it came from. The texts include tens of thousands of parchment fragments, such as those pictured, that are thought to belong to an estimated 1, manuscripts. One of the fragments could not be identified as belonging to any known manuscripts, and could form part of a previously undiscovered paleo-Hebrew text.
But its handwriting differed from previously found scroll fragments in this early form of Hebrew, Mr Ableman said. Its uniqueness led him to speculate there may be a whole text that has either disappeared or not yet been found among the thousands of fragments. Pictured is one of the fragments analysed by the team next to the remains of its original manuscript.
The authority said the newly deciphered texts 'provide new insights' to archaeologists studying the scrolls. Discovered between and , the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of ancient manuscripts dating back to 2, years ago.
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The texts include tends of thousands of parchment and papyrus fragments and in rare cases entire manuscripts. The scrolls were found by shepherd Muhammed Edh-Dhib as he searched for a stray among the limestone cliffs at Khirbet Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea in what was then British Mandate Palestine - now the West Bank. The story goes that in a cave in the dark crevice of a steep rocky hillside, Muhammed hurled a stone into the dark interior and was startled to hear the sound of breaking pots. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include tends of thousands of parchment and papyrus fragments file photo , contain parts of what is now known as the Hebrew Bible.
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They also feature a range of extra-biblical documents. Venturing inside, the young Bedouin found a mysterious collection of large clay jars in which he found old scrolls, some wrapped in linen and blackened with age. The texts have since been excavated by archaeologists, who are now racing to digitise their contents before they deteriorate beyond legibility. June Archived from the original on 13 October Retrieved 13 October Israel Museum Jerusalem. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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