Daring Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

According to The Jewish Week, the exhibit at the Jewish Museum is the most daring exhibit yet, due to its willingness to present the controversy surrounding the question of who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The article focuses on the absurd fact that Roland de Vaux’s field notes on the excavation of Qumran have never been published in entirety.  Presumably, further research on the archaeological evidence would complement textual study of the scrolls and lead to more accurate conclusions (or prove existing theories).

However, quite a bit of de Vaux’s work is known, and his conclusions continue to be contested.  The site of Qumran has not revealed enough to convince everyone of a single theory and the likelihood is that the debate will continue to rage.

For more on the excavation of Qumran, see the COJS page Excavation.

UPDATE: Read about the inaccuracies in the Jewish Week article.

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