The Dead Sea Scrolls

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! TOday is October 24th, 2008, I’m Royce, and I’m here to tell you all about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Firstly, the Dead Sea Scrolls contain approximately 1,000 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered first in 1947, and then up to 1979, along the Northwest shore of the Dead Sea. Thus, their name, the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were discovered in jars by bedouin herders just looking for their lost herds. The herder found them by throwing a rock into a cave, trying to get one of his sheep or camels to come out and was curious at the sound of shattering pottery. He went down into the cave and found scrolls wrapped in linen, then placed in jars. They were taken to a university for research and were given the name “The Dead Sea Scrolls”.

Currently, the scrolls are located in a special exhibit in a museum on the East Coast. The Modern Typewriter team traveled there to see the actual scrolls and how exactly they were discovered.

“To see the scrolls was like being a part of history. It was incredible to see something 2000 years old, still alive, and still there. A chill went down my spine when I took a look at them.” says Melanie, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.

“Seeing the scrolls was really cool. It was amazing to see that they haven’t already eroded after all this time. I can now say I saw part of the first copy of the Bible. It was really cool.” says Rochester, another writer at the Modern Typewriter.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are currently making a tour around the United States.

So what do you think? Have you ever found a piece of history? What if you dug up a piece of Earth and found something that is priceless in worth? What if it is an important part of history, what would you do with it? Reply with a comment expressing your opinion!

Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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