The Amman Museum, which holds some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls, was slightly damaged in the recent fighting on Jordan.
The Amman Museum, which holds some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls, was slightly damaged in the recent fighting on Jordan. Yesterday (25 October) the Tunisian Prime Minister, Mr. Bahi Ladgham, inspected the scrolls which were preserved intact during the hostilities.
Mr. Ladgham made his visit as chairman of a special cultural committee formed by Arab Heads of State. Talks are presently being held at he United Nations on the future of other Dead Sea Scrolls kept in Jerusalem, israel.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is the popular name given to a number of Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts found near the north-west corner of the Dead Sea in the past 20 years. They shed new light on a previously little-known type of Judaism that existed during the time of Christ and in many ways resembled early Christianity.
A Bedouin's accidental discovery of a cave containing some of the scrolls soon after the end of the Second World War was the first of many finds. Subsequently, more caves containing further manuscripts were discovered.
Since then teams of international scholars have devoted much time to deciphering the scrolls which have thrown new light on the religious background of Jesus Christ and his first followers.