(News.com.au) Suspicions have been raised about the authenticity of 70 supposedly new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls — and it's the ancient message they carry that has raised eyebrows.
It was 1947 when the original treasure trove of ancient documents was uncovered by Bedouin tribespeople in a cave in a desert cliff.
The scraps of writing sparked an international sensation.
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Not only did they contain verses from some of the oldest Jewish texts, they also revealed the writings of a sect called the Essenes which inhabited a remote monastery near the caves shortly before the time of Jesus Christ.