Sophisticated technology has made it possible to scan the ancient scrolls and reveal letters and words that were previously illegible.
The precious Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in West Jordan in 1947, near the ruins of Qumran – also known as Khirbet Qumran. Clay pots filled with ancient scrolls were found stored in eleven caves, located 13 miles east of Jerusalem, Israel.
Preliminary analysis showed the texts belonged to the Essenes, member of a religious sect or brotherhood that flourished in Palestine from about the 2nd century BC to the end of the 1st century AD.
A later review of these results has raised additional questions related to the scrolls, considered one of the greatest archaeological events of the twentieth century.
Earlier this year, Israeli and German team of computer scientists and Dead Sea Scrolls scholars started to create a digital copy of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. There are tens of thousands of Dead Sea scrolls fragments. Each one is photographed 28 times at high resolution using different wavelengths of light.
The new interpretations are controversial and although they answer some questions they also raise others. The reinterpretation is being done by members of the historical dictionary department of the Academy of the Hebrew Language.
To support his theory, that the ark was pyramid-shaped, Dr. Yuditsky cited various proofs such as for example as the fact that the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Bible done in the third century B.C.E., used a Greek verb with a similar meaning.
Dr. Yuditsky and Dr. Esther Haber also decoded another fragment that deals with Judgment Day. It describes a mythic hero named Melchizedek rescuing “captives”from a mythic villain named Belial.
The Dead Sea Scrolls scanning project has already yielded dozens of new interpretations of text, and it is far from over yet. We may expect new intriguing interpretations of ancient history soon. So far, about 80 percent of the fragments have been scanned.