Dead Sea Scroll Testimonia from Qumran

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 05 April 2018

This is Dead Sea Scroll number 175 (4Q175), which was found in Cave 4 at Qumran (Khirbet Qumran or Wadi Qumran). It is also known as "The Testimonia". This scroll is a collection of scriptural quotations related to a messianic figure and was written in Hasmonean script of first century BCE. The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient Jewish religious manuscripts. The majority were written in Hebrew script on leather or papyrus; however, many were written in Aramaic, Greek, and Nabatean-Aramaic. They were rolled-up and stored in specific jars with tight-fitting covers. When initially found, they were either scrolls or fragments of manuscripts or texts of previous complete scrolls; some of them were torn into thousands of fragments. Cave 4 originally contained about three-quarters of the scrolls. The precise dating of the scrolls is unknown; scholars give the range of 408 BCE to 318 CE. From Qumran Cave 4, West Bank of the Jordan River, near the north part of the Dead Sea, modern-day State of Israel. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan Hashemite Kingdom).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Dead Sea Scroll Testimonia from Qumran." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 05 Apr 2018. Web. 06 Feb 2023.