HOW AND WHY THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS ENDED UP IN QUMRAN Daniel Vainstub, September 30, 2021

Israeli researchers are finally discovering how and why the Dead Sea Scrolls ended up in Qumran. Analysts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev put the puzzle together using an ancient Hebrew document that was hidden in Cairo some 1,000 years ago. Dr. Daniel Vainstub, lecturer at BGU and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, explains the recent findings and his theory. He believes that the annual meeting of some 3000 or more members of the Sect from communities all over the country took place in Qumran, because it had the requisite enormous ritual bath and sufficient water reservoirs. Vainstub says also that one of the Qumranic documents, the Damascus Document, contains the rules and regulations applicable to the annual gathering. He suggests they brought scrolls to and took scrolls from Qumran at these annual meeting. AUTHOR: Daniel Vainstub is at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel in the Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near East. Contact him at

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