Chapter 7: The St. Mark’s Scrolls Return

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History
Author: Frank M. Cross


For six years Archbishop Samuel tried to sell the four scrolls in his possession in the United States. Professor Trever repeatedly but unsuccessfully tried to raise money to buy them. But at every turn there were roadblocks. The first difficulty, the one that has plagued both acquisition of scrolls and publication of scrolls from then until now, was finding people who had the combination of sufficient wealth, an appreciation of the religious, cultural, and scientific value of the scrolls, and an inclination to generosity. And a further difficulty arose from political considerations. An even larger problem was ownership, a problem that still plagues the majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Jordanians considered the archbishop a smuggler. Brownlee tried to absolve him of this charge by pointing out that he sent the four scrolls to Lebanon with Father Sowmy, during the British Mandate.