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Same scribe responsible for 50 of Dead Sea Scrolls

Israeli paleographer Ada Yardeni has recently identified 50 Dead Sea scrolls found near Qumran in Israel as having been penned by the same scribe. What is more work by the same scribe was also found at the Herodian mountain-top fortress of Masada, where Jewish rebel zealots made their last suicidal stand against the Romans.

The article’s author, writes that “it seems likely that some manuscripts from Qumran were carried south [i.e. in the direction of Masada] by refugees fleeing the Roman destruction of Qumran in 68 C.E. But that’s only a best guess.”

via Popular Archaeology.