This community, which began in the third century B.
C., devoted their days to the study and copying of sacred Scripture as well as theological and sectarian works.
The first trove found by the Bedouins in the Judean Desert consisted of seven large scrolls from Cave I.
The unusual circumstances of the find, on the eve of Israel's war of independence, obstructed the initial negotiations for the purchase of all the scrolls.
But that's not really how it is when scientists are working in their labs.
The disappearance must take place at a known and measurable rate.Levels of carbon-14 become difficult to measure and compare after about 50,000 years (between 8 and 9 half lives; where 1% of the original carbon-14 would remain undecayed).The question should be whether or not carbon-14 can be used to date any artifacts at all? There are a few categories of artifacts that can be dated using carbon-14; however, they cannot be more 50,000 years old.The Dead Sea Scrolls refer to ancient Hebrew scrolls that were accidentally discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin boy in Israel's Judean Desert. E.) - a time of crucial developments in the crystallization of the monotheistic religions.On display today in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the scrolls have kindled popular enthusiasm as well as serious scholarly interest over the past half century as they reveal exciting history from the Second Temple period (520 B. The Judean Desert, a region reputedly barren, defied preconceptions and yielded an unprecedented treasure.