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Treasure of the caves

the story of the Dead Sea scrolls

Published by Macmillan in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Iris Noble's retelling of the story of the Dead Sea scrolls for young people is made vivid by concrete details, often seasoned with imagination but always with a scrupulous fidelity to the known facts. The tracking down of the many scrolls, the bidding and bargaining when their value was discovered, and a dramatic sequel in 1967 during the Six-Day War, when Israeli soldiers entered Bethlehem and captured the longest scroll are only one part of a remarkable search into the biblical past. Perhaps even more exciting is the account of the scientific know-how and ingenuity that went into the preservation and preparation of the scrolls before they could be studied. The piecing together of these priceless historical clues and the archaeological detective work that led to the excavation of the ruins of Qumran make another stranger-than-fiction chapter. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

On a spring day in 1947 a boy named Muhammad Adh-Dhib was searching for a lost goat
In October and November of 1947 archaeologists in Jerusalem had something on their minds besides scientific matters
The Metropolitan broke off negotiations with Dr. Sulenik because another monk of St. Mark's, Brother Sowmy, suggested he get in touch with the American School of Oriental Research instead
The end of the British Mandate and the birth of Israel brought about the creation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
When Saad reached Bethlehem, he decided to leave the guards behind
Harding and de Vaux had dug up the first grave in the summer of 1949
The work of excavation was slow and arduous
While Harding searched for the best way of raising funds, he and de Vaux continued the excavation of the dwelling on the plateau
On the other side of the armistice barrier that cut Jerusalem in two, Yigael Yadin carried on the work of his father, the late Dr. Sukenik
De Vaux and Harding, in the fall of 1954, uncovered three small pottery jars near the southern walls of the excavation
In 1956 Harding resigned his position as Director of the Jordanian Department of Antiquities, and moved to Lebanon

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Publisher no. 76813 (Macmillan, from back cover and jacket)

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BM487 .N6

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214 p.
Number of pages
21 x x centimeters

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