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Dating the Dead Sea Scrolls

February 1, 2010

Hmm, I see here on my trusty newswire feed that scientists have developed a way to successfully date the Dead Sea Scrolls. Fascinating.

  • History lesson: The Dead Sea Scrolls are a pile of parchments found in a cave in the desert and used to start campfires for goatherds until someone said “Whoah, maybe these are worth something,” and now they’re in museums. They consist of documents dating back to the dawn of Christianity, including some early Gospels. There’s also a grocery list attributed to someone named Liebowitz (“plums, figs, sandal wax …”).

While I find early Christian history as fascinating as the next guy, I’m more intrigued by these scientists and how they want to date the Dead Sea Scrolls. These guys must be pretty hard up. I just hope they don’t make a sex tape … I have enough trouble avoiding those Japanese-nerds-with-robot-girls pictures that make the email rounds.

Besides, that parchment is probably pretty fragile.

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