Dead Sea Scrolls to be Honored in Lugano

January 29, 2020

On February 4, 2020 in Lugano, Switzerland, the latest work reviewing discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be presented to the public, along with a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Qumran caves.

The discovery, between 1947 and 1956, of the Dead Sea Scrolls found near Qumran, in the West Bank, marked biblical archeology in the twentieth century.

Tens of thousands of fragments, grouped into some 960 manuscripts, made it possible to gather previously unknown information on Jewish life in Palestine during a key period. For example, study of the manuscripts attests to the early dissemination of the Gospel, from the second half of the first century AD.

As of February 4, 2020, the precious manuscripts will be honored at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano. Archeology and new fragments of manuscripts will be presented at a world premiere. The book, Qumran Cave 11Q: Archaeology and New Scroll Fragments, is part of a larger project which aims to bring together all the data currently available on the archaeological discoveries made at Qumran.

The purpose of this publication is to make the body of knowledge accumulated over the past 70 years more accessible. Currently, materials from the excavations are dispersed throughout eight museums, as well as warehouses and workshops distributed between Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Access to this data is a major problem for researchers.

In addition, a virtual tour of the caves will be offered, thanks to reconstructions made in three dimensions (3D). Artifacts from the excavations will also be presented, as well as a faithful replica of the scroll of Isaiah found in Qumran Cave 1.