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DNA analysis sheds new light on ancient biblical Dead Sea Scrolls

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By Layal Liverpool A fragment of the Dead Sea ScrollsCourtesy of The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo by Shai HaleviFresh evidence from DNA analysis is helping to piece together the Dead Sea Scrolls – 25,000 fragments of parchment discovered in the Qumran caves and surrounding areas in the West…

By Layal Liverpool

Dead Sea Scrolls fragment

A fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Courtesy of The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo by Shai Halevi

Fresh evidence from DNA analysis is helping to piece together the Dead Sea Scrolls – 25,000 fragments of parchment discovered in the Qumran caves and surrounding areas in the West Bank over the past 70 years, which contain the oldest known copies of biblical texts.

Oded Rechavi and Noam Mizrahi at Tel Aviv University in Israel and their colleagues sequenced traces of ancient DNA from the scrolls, which were made from animal skin. They used …

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