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There are Apocryphal works of "hidden" wisdom -- the Book of Enoch, Jubilees, Ecclesiasticus.
Some of these had long been suppressed, known only through the existence of a few copies.
“But, unfortunately, the scrolls were not there,” says Gutfeld.
Then, hidden between two rocks, they found a pair of pickaxes dating to the 1950s. “In my opinion, for sure there were scrolls in this cave that were looted by Bedouins 60 years ago,” he says. We have everything that is attached to the scrolls.
“The big story is that they found another piece of evidence that the residents of Qumran, whoever they were, could manufacture scrolls,” says Cargill, “not that they found a Dead Sea Scrolls cave.” For Lawrence Schiffman of New York University, the blank parchment is also the excavation’s most important find, though for a different reason.
He sees it as an explanation for how forgers have managed to produce fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments that appear to be genuine based on radiocarbon dating.
But when the scrolls were translated in the late 1940s their contents told a story that electrified the world.
Here were books the present world had never seen, written by a group of desert ascetics describing their lives and the times in which they lived.
"Some day the gold and the silver threads of the Gospel story will be disentangled, and men will know the two interpretations which can be put upon the events and episodes in the career of Jesus the Christ.
Many are thought to be fakes, but they have led to concern that there are undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls, and that looters are getting to them in advance of archaeologists.
In response, the Israel Antiquities Authority has launched Operation Scroll, which aims to survey several hundred caves in the area and excavate ones that may contain texts.
Most say they were written by the Essenes, a group of Jewish mystics.
And most deny that the Teacher of Righteousness had any connection to Jesus, but taught 150 years before his birth.
The underlying true events give us great steps and developments in the work of the Christ as he 'enveloped humanity in the mantle of love, grasped the rod of initiation on behalf of his brothers, and faced the Lord of Life Himself, unattended, unafraid and in his Own right.' The episodes refer to happenings in the life of Jesus."( R&I*)In the May 1994 issue of Share International, Benjamin Creme made the following statement: "The Dead Sea Scrolls are a more accurate account of the events surrounding the life of Jesus than are the Biblical texts.