2,000 year-old Leviticus fragments discovered

This one hasn’t hit the big media outlets yet, but then archaeological news is sometimes slow out of the gate.

The two small pieces of brown animal skin, inscribed in Hebrew with verses from the Book of Leviticus, are from “refugee” caves in Nachal Arugot, a canyon near the Dead Sea where Jews hid from the Romans in the second century, Eshel said in an interview with The Associated Press. The scrolls are being tested by Israel’s Antiquities Authority.

Read the full article here.

If this is confirmed, it will be the first discovery of ancient Scripture in the Judean desert since the Dead Sea Scrolls.  One has to ask how many more writings may still await discovery.  Perhaps the Judean Desert is not yet tapped out.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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2 Responses to 2,000 year-old Leviticus fragments discovered

  1. Nate says:

    Very interesting stuff. I was initially underwhelmed by how tiny the fragments were, but then I realized that the point is that it has given new hope that there may be more writings out there to be discovered. Apparently they had all but concluded that there was nothing left to find. Yay for a new hope.

  2. D LO says:

    For such a time as this…it is great to see new discoveries unearthed. Our abundance of evidences continues to grow and other “ancient texts” remain stagnant. Thanks for continuing this blog/trove of information.

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