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    Ancient part of Leviticus found. Oldest known text

    Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/book-of-leviticus-verses-recovered-from-burnt-hebrew-bible-scroll/



    Book of Leviticus Verses Recovered from Burnt Hebrew Bible Scroll

    Oldest Hebrew Bible scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Ein Gedi


    A burnt ancient scroll found in 1970 has finally been deciphered thanks to advanced digital technology. Four and a half decades after its discovery, the scroll was recently revealed to contain a passage from the Book of Leviticus. Excavated from the Torah ark of a Byzantine-period synagogue at Ein Gedi in Israel, the scroll had been victim to a fire that raged through the entire village. The scroll is considered to be the oldest Hebrew Bible scroll discovered since the Dead Sea Scrolls. Furthermore, the discovery represents the first time a Torah scroll has been excavated from an ancient synagogue.

    When Merkel Technologies Company, Ltd. Israel performed high-resolution 3D scanning on Dead Sea Scroll fragments and phylactery cases (tefillin) last year, the burnt scroll from Ein Gedi was added to the batch. Afterward, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) sent the scans to be analyzed by Dr. Brent Seales, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky, who had developed digital imaging software to read the scrolls. The researchers discovered that the scroll contained the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus:

    The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

    If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you. The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The burnt offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts. The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar.

    Leviticus 1:1-8 (NRSV)

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    It's not the oldest known text, just the oldest found since the finds at Qumran/Masada. And I had to click through two links to find that it was dated to the 6th century CE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    It's not the oldest known text, just the oldest found since the finds at Qumran/Masada. And I had to click through two links to find that it was dated to the 6th century CE.
    Sorry for the miscue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shunyadragon View Post
    Sorry for the miscue.
    Not really your fault that the article you cited didn't mention its age. It's an odd thing to leave out when the headline alludes to it.
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    The text posted by Shuny says " Byzantine-period." After I noticed no date I found that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhitney View Post
    The text posted by Shuny says " Byzantine-period." After I noticed no date I found that.
    That's pretty vague - anywhere from c. AD 400 to AD 1400.
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    This source simply says it's a "1,500-year-old-parchment scroll."

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