Chapter 8: The Most Productive Year

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History


The year 1955 was most productive for scrolls research. Sukenik's English edition of the Hebrew University scrolls was published. Burrows published his best-selling book on the scrolls. The first order of business at the Palestine Archaeological Museum in 1955 was the completion of preparations for the publication of the Cave 1 fragments. On 29 January Harding had written to Kraeling about a new discovery of one fairly large scroll. On 8 February 1955 Harding received a letter from A. Grohmann in Egypt, who planned to come to Jerusalem to work on some inscriptions at the expense of the museum. The first confirmation that a new purchase of Cave 4 manuscripts had been bought came in a letter from Strugnell to Allegro, 13 December 1955.