Chaptec 13: A Ray of Hope for the Museum

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History

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Abstract

1960 was a year of endings and beginnings. Palestine Archaeological Museum (PAM) and Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DAJ) officials were scouring the world for buyers to ransom the Cave 11 materials out of the PAM vault, there were constant reports of more scrolls for sale on the market, and of course the Bedouin continued to search the Judaean Desert. The museum showcase full of art objects will include pottery, coins, and glassware ranging in age from the biblical era of Abraham to early Moslem times. An international team of scholars working at the museum have very nearly completed preparation of the materials from Cave 4 for publication. Among the very important documents of Cave 11 are the book of Leviticus, the Psalms, and an Aramaic translation of the Book of Job. The Vatican Library, with other institutions, helped to preserve the manuscripts.