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3/14/2014 (1 year ago)

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Lying forgotten in storeroom for 60 years, researchers say they could offer wealth of information

Lying ignored for almost 60 years, a scholar came across nine penny-sized pieces of parchment believed to be part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority they were found in storerooms inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical verses written on them worn during prayers.

Known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, Phylacteries are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. In tradition, one case is bound by leather thongs to the head and one to the arm during morning prayers.

Known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, Phylacteries are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. In tradition, one case is bound by leather thongs to the head and one to the arm during morning prayers.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls, discovery, Judaism


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Either they didn't realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn't know how to open them," the authority's head of artifact treatment and conservation Pnina Shor said.

The one who discovered them, Yonatan Adler, had the boxes scanned using CT at a hospital in Israel in hopes there would be parchment inside.

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"I found a number of fragments of tefillin cases from Qumran Cave 4, together with seven rolled-up [phylactery] slips," Adler told newspaper reporters.

Seven recently rediscovered unopened tefillin scrolls from Qumran, believed to be part of the dead s

Seven recently rediscovered unopened tefillin scrolls from Qumran, believed to be part of the dead sea scrolls.


Known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, Phylacteries are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. In tradition, one case is bound by leather thongs to the head and one to the arm during morning prayers.

The case worn on the head contains four scrolls in individual compartments, while the arm phylactery holds one scroll.

Tefillin cases from Qumran which contained the fragments.

Tefillin cases from Qumran which contained the fragments.


The discoveries were part of at least two dozen phylactery scrolls discovered in the Forties and Fifties, along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a limestone cave in the West Bank's Qumran in Israel.

The scrolls remained bound inside the phylacteries for approximately 2,000 years. The authority has since been tasked with the difficult job of unrolling the scrolls without damaging them.

An unrolled phylactery scroll that is part of the latest find.

An unrolled phylactery scroll that is part of the latest find.


"We're going to do it slowly, but we'll first consult with all of our experts about how to go about this," Schor said. He would not reveal when the process would begin. "We need to do a lot of research before we start doing this."

The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus writ

The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus written on them (called tefillin) that are worn by Jews during their morning prayers.


Remains of more than 900 religious manuscripts were found in 11 caves near the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 50s in Qumran.

A single tefillin scroll found in the phylacteries at Qumran.

A single tefillin scroll found in the phylacteries at Qumran.


Once read and deciphered, the scrolls are expected to shed new light on the religious practices of the Jewish people during the Second Temple Period between the years of 530 BC and 70. This was an era named for a holy place of worship for the Jews that was constructed by the builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod.

The Dome of the Rock stands today where the Second Temple purportedly once stood.

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