Chapter 4: The Bountiful Year

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History

Abstract

Dead Sea Scrolls discoveries and publication quickened as the New Year of 1952 began and surprises were to continue unabated throughout the year. Four new caves were found at Qumran, there were more unexpected finds in the caves of Wadi Murabba'at. Many of the records covering the next years come from letters written between the various scholars involved with the scrolls. This chapter summarizes some letters and reproduces others in whole or in part. The purpose of reproducing the letters in the chapter is multifaceted. These are documents written &t;at the moment.&t; They show the state of mind of the various actors on the scrolls scene as it was then. The intent is to give the flavor of the dynamics of the scholars, how they worked, how they functioned socially, how the vagaries of life and interpersonal relationships affected the publication of the scrolls.