It points to a passage from the book of Ezekiel.

‘Invisible’ Script Discovered on Dead Sea Scroll Fragments

It points to a passage from the book of Ezekiel.


Decades after their discovery, four "blank" fragments belonging to the Dead Sea Scroll collection have been discovered to contain text.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 in a series of caves near Qumran in the Judean desert. The approximately 950 scrolls of scriptures and religious texts are one of the most important and widely studied archaeological finds. The scrolls’ dates range between 200 B.C.E. and C.E. 68. The blank parchments were gifted to Ronald Reed of Leeds University in the 1950s to study the leather’s physical and chemical composition. That collection was then donated to the University of Manchester in 1997, and it has since remained untouched in a box on the shelves of the John Rylands Library. That is, until Prof. Joan Taylor of King’s College London reexamined one of the fragments.

"I … thought I might be imagining things," Professor Taylor said in a press release from the University of Manchester about the find. As Taylor scrutinized one of the pieces of parchment under a microscope, she saw the faint mark of a letter—a lamed—the Hebrew letter "L."


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