Dr. Torleif Elgvin, Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and
Member of the Official Publication Team of the Scrolls
The Schøyen Collection has since 1994 acquired 115 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments from 26 different Scrolls plus artefacts from the Essene community that hid this important Jewish library from Roman soldiers in AD 68. The fragments were among those found by the Bedouin in cave 1 in Qumran in late 1946, Cave 4 in 1952, and cave 11 in 1956, and subsequently sold to the dealer Kando in Bethlehem. They were in the hands of private proprietors and were not known to the scholarly community before they became part of The Schøyen Collection. The fragments are mainly dated to the Hasmonaean and Herodian periods (1st cent. BC - 68 AD) , and will be published by myself alongside other collaborators. Five texts have previously been published in the official DJD series vols. 26,28,32,37, and 38.
This part of the collection includes:
The Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran is the most important textual find of the 20th century. It has ramifications for biblical studies (Old and New Testament) and for the understanding of early Jewish history and tradition.