Most ancient Torah scroll since Dead Sea Scrolls found and restored

A small, seemingly unremarkable burned fragment found 45 years ago during excavations on the western shore of the Dead Sea has profoundly belied its appearance – after hi-tech sequencing determined it is actually a 1,500-year-old Torah scroll from the Book of Leviticus.

The scroll, which came from the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi, was deemed during a Monday unveiling at the Israel Antiquities Authority Jerusalem laboratory in the Israel Museum, to be the most important discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

“The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting,” said Dr. Sefi Porath, who led the Ein Gedi excavations. 


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