Redating the radiocarbon dating of the dead sea scrolls
Many thousands of written fragments have been discovered in the Dead Sea area.They represent the remnants of larger manuscripts damaged by natural causes or through human interference, with the vast majority only holding small scraps of text.The paleography supports the Christian period dating - despite claims to the contrary - strikingly in the case of the major document 1Qp Hab, its handwriting now officially classed as middle Herodian, AD 20-50 (DJD 23, p. All of the pesharim are in a Herodian hand." David Christainsen Newton, Mass.While kept at the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem, many Dead Sea Scroll fragments were exposed to castor oil by the original team of editors in the course of cleaning the parchments.These involve 3 different cleaning techniques: extraction with supercritical CO(2), ultrasound cleaning, and Soxhlet extraction-each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
From these tests, researchers concluded that the scrolls are roughly 2,000 years old.
However, a small number of well-preserved, almost intact manuscripts have survived — fewer than a dozen among those from the Qumran Caves.
The 11 Qumran Caves lie in the immediate vicinity of the Hellenistic-period Jewish settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the eastern Judaean Desert, in modern Israel.
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