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posted by janrinok on Wednesday July 22 2015, @05:04PM   Printer-friendly
from the I've-already-read-it-in-paperback dept.

A scroll that had been burnt to charcoal inside the Ein Gedi synagogue some 1,500 years ago has now been read for the first time, thanks to modern technology.

Ein Gedi is an oasis located on the western shore of the Dead Sea, where fresh water flows from underground year-round. Over the millennia, it has been home to various human settlements, including a Jewish village with a synagogue erected in the third century.

One of the additions to the synagogue, made in the fourth century, was a niche in the northern wall, which housed an ark, a receptacle to contain the synagogue's scrolls of Torah. The Torah is comprised of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy -- the first five books of the Bible.

An archaeological expedition to the Ein Gedi synagogue uncovered the ancient scroll in 1970 -- the oldest scroll discovered since the Dead Sea Scrolls were found between 1946 and 1956. The Dead Sea Scrolls, dating from between around 408 BC to 308 AD, however, were in good condition.

The Ein Gedi scroll -- carbon dated to the sixth century -- was not. It was burned and blackened into charcoal -- unable to be unrolled and deciphered.


"This discovery absolutely astonished us: We were certain it was just a shot in the dark but decided to try and scan the burnt scroll anyway," curator and director of the Israel Antiquities Authority's Dead Sea Scrolls projects Pnina Shor said. "Now, not only can we bequeath the Dead Sea Scrolls to future generations, but also a part of the Bible from a Holy Ark of a 1,500-year old synagogue!"

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2015, @03:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2015, @03:26AM (#212548)


    Deuteronomy 22 28-29, HEBREW.

    It does say child.

    Read Deuteronomy 22 28-29, in hebrew.

    Notice the word used for girl there, means from infancy till adolecence.

    #5291 na`arah {nah-ar-aw'}
    Feminine of H5288; a girl (from infancy to adolescence):\u2014damsel, maid (-en), young (woman).

    Also in the hebrew writing it doesn't even use the full word for girl (the feminine part adds an extra letter). The hebrew writing uses the normal male version of the word (H5288) and then says this will be your women. IE: if you rape a child, she will be your woman. Same in spanish when you want to just say child (nino), you can also specify feminine (nina).

    Bet you didn't know that either as you haven't looked at the hebrew.

    If you want to argue about the hebrew words more, here: [] and []

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2015, @09:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23 2015, @09:21AM (#212601)

    How is this a troll.

    Fucking SJWs ignore what they even mention in the summary.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by janrinok on Thursday July 23 2015, @02:23PM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 23 2015, @02:23PM (#212678) Journal
    I suspect it is marked as a Troll because no-one here is remotely interested in your personal interpretation of what you believe the bible says, or why you think it justifies your predilection to paedophilia.
    I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.
  • (Score: 1) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday July 24 2015, @12:39AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday July 24 2015, @12:39AM (#212943) Journal

    Hello again, Fizzbuzz. You're pathetic on Freenode's #sourceforge and you're pathetic here. Die and rot already, you damned lolicon.

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...