Muslims Quietly Selling Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments, Destroying Historical Records

May 28, 2013 15:38



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Sale of Dead Sea Scroll fragments angers Israel.

Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers – fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box.

Most of these scraps are barely postage-stamp-sized, and some are blank. But in the last few years, evangelical Christian collectors and institutions in the U.S. have forked out millions of dollars for a piece.

The Times of Israel expands on the scroll’s complex legal status.

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