Monday, October 30, 2006

Dead Sea Scrolls update U. of C. professor may be right after all
Chicago scholar's long-discredited theory on Dead Sea Scrolls finds support in new archeological dig (free reg required)

"A lot of people said he was wrong," said Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, "But Norman had one small piece of the puzzle all along."

In its September issue, Shanks' magazine reported on an archeological dig in Israel that backstops Golb's ideas about the scrolls--religious texts written in Hebrew and Aramaic, the lingua franca of the Near East in biblical times.

The dig raises questions about whether the crumbling ruins at Qumran are the remains of a monastery, a fortress or a pottery factory.

This got hashed over a couple of months ago, too. I really don't know if this is the first sustained archaeological work at the place or not.