The Christian Post reports that more than 25 fragments from the Scrolls will be published in two books titled Gleanings from the Caves: Dead Sea Scrolls and Artefacts from the Schøyen Collection and Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a series of discoveries from 1947 to 1956. At about 2,000 years old, they are some of the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence and were hidden in the caves around 68 B.C.E. to protect them from the Roman invasion.
The manuscripts contain portions of Scripture from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel, and Jonah.
The Schøyen collection particularly contains portions of Scripture from the book of Leviticus.
“If you walk according to my laws, and keep my commandments and implement them, then I will grant your rains in their season, so that the Earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit," reads part of one fragment, as translated by Torleif Elgvin.
The new publication will be featured in museum exhibits:
“The results will be incorporated in our future museum exhibits, inviting visitors to grasp and engage with issues involved with assessing authenticity," said Michael Holmes, the executive director of the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative.
Publication date: October 12, 2016