The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered to be some of the most important ancient texts ever discovered, and are made up of several hundred worn documents found in a cave not far from the Dead Sea.
Recently, 25 previously unpublished dead sea scrolls are ready to be made public for the first time. The said scrolls were purchased by Martin Schoyen from Norway, and Steven Green from the U.S.
The set of scrolls contain text from the ancient biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel and Jonah.
According to researchers, there are many more scrolls, with dozens of fragments popping up on the antiquities market over the last decade. There could also be hundreds more waiting to be discovered according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“Some of these fragments must have come from Qumran, probably Cave 4, while the others may have derived from other sites in the Judean Desert,” wrote Emanuel Tov, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the book volume. “Unfortunately, little is known about the provenance of these fragments because most sellers did not provide such information at the time of the sale.”