Wednesday, March 28, 2007

March 28, 2007: Qumran, Halleluja!

Scholars assigned texts from the scrolls came from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and worked in relative isolation. This combined with problems of ownership and personality quirks make the history of their study as interesting as the scrolls themselves. One preacher came to Qumran with jackhammers and paying volunteers claiming he would find the Ark of the Covenant. Qumran and other Biblical Period sites exert a powerful hold on the public imagination. This Nigerian priest walked barefoot into the caves and broke into spontaneous prayer.

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