Concordia Theological Monthly

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manuscripts, dead sea scrolls, fragments, jerusalem, bedouins, essenes, pliny, israeli, qumran, syrian

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


When the shepherd boy Muhammad ed-Deeb ("The Wolf”) of the half-nomadic tribe Ta'amire threw a stone into a cave to pass the time, it clattered so strangely that he was convinced an evil djin was after him. He ran away in panic-stricken terror, never suspecting that his name would go down in the history of scholarship. He had discovered Cave 1 at Qumran on the northwest coast of the Dead Sea. On the next day of that summer -presumably it was 1947 - he ventured to climb into the cave with his pluckier cousin. They found eight clay jars which to their disappointment contained not the expected treasures, but rather "leather with scribbling on it." He wondered whether it was worth taking such things along. Then he remembered, so he reported, that they needed thongs for their sandals.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 12:11; Mark 2:28; Mark 1:5; Luke 1:80; Mark 1:3; John 1:23; 2 Corinthians 6:4-7:1; Mark 1:6;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars