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In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled into the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. He and his cousin found seven scrolls containing ancient Scripture in a cave in Qumran, near the Dead Sea.
Since that fateful day, archaeologists have discovered tens of thousands of scroll fragments and have carefully reassembled them. But the work took decades (some would say decades longer than it should have), and during that time only a select group of scholars had access to them.
While the rest of the academic world waited to work with and study the scrolls, rumors spread about what they really contained. Some of these rumors were based on fragments of truth; others were wildly inaccurate. Scholars have disproven these claims, but the myths surrounding the scrolls offer a fascinating chapter in the story of this historic discovery.
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