It was believed until recently that only 11 caves in the Qumran region contained the scrolls. However, the excavation at this 12th cave brought about sufficient evidence that it had once contained Dead Sea scrolls and that those scrolls were looted.
"Although at the end of the day no scroll was found, and instead we 'only' found a piece of parchment rolled up in a jug that was being processed for writing, the findings indicate beyond any doubt that the cave contained scrolls that were stolen," Dr. Oren Gutfeld, researcher at Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology, said in a statement. "The findings include the jars in which the scrolls …show more content…
"I knew the cave had potential," Price said in a Liberty University article. "THis is only the beginning of our search for more scrolls. Undoubtedly, they are out there, and we know of some 300 caves in the area. Our team is planning to return to excavate other caves in the near future."
Lamar Cooper, senior professor of Old Testament and archaeology at Criswell College who started working on Qumran in 2006, told the Baptist Press that such excavations "tells me more and more that everything that happened at that place is what the Bible says."
"Because we stand strong on the Bible -- the authenticity of Scripture -- it's been a thrill for me to be associated with everybody who works here because we all believe the Bible is the Word of God," Cooper said.
The Dead Sea Scrolls include texts written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, and the earliest texts were written in the 4th century BC. The documents not only contain some of the earliest texts found in the Bible, but also include secular texts that reveal what life was like in the times of