Canada's Big Biblical Bargain: How McGill University Bought by Jason Kalman

By Jason Kalman

The invention in 1947 of the 1st items of the useless Sea Scrolls, biblical texts relationship from the time of Jesus, grabbed headlines around the globe and catalysed as many controversies and conspiracy theories over their possession as debates approximately their position in Christianity and Judaism. Years later, McGill college and the Vatican have been one of the first associations to shop for an important collection of those texts from Jordan with a view to shield them from the black marketplace. offering many shiny information, the authors study the intrigue surrounding the useless Sea Scrolls and debunk a few of the myths approximately them, together with allegations of the Vatican's involvement in hiding the texts from students, the chance that they contained earth shattering revelations, and the particular prestige of the notorious foreign editorial committee who restricted entry to the texts. a desirable account of diplomacy, spiritual negotiation, and students, "Canada's huge Biblical discount" finds one other a part of the interesting story of the useless Sea Scrolls.

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Although only twelve scrolls were discovered intact, the thousands of fragments found distributed among the eleven caves at Qumran represented approximately 900 manuscripts. ”42 One of the most renowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholars, Frank Moore Cross,43 explained: Unlike the several scrolls of Caves I and XI which are preserved in good condition, with only minor lacunae, the manuscripts of Cave IV are in an advanced state of decay. Many fragments are so brittle or friable that they can scarcely be touched with a camel’s-hair brush.

59 In 1957 Józef Milik published his French volume, Dix ans de découvertes dans le désert de Juda. 60 Similar to Allegro, although much more limited in detail, Milik described the early discoveries. He devoted no discussion to the activities in the pam scrollery, instead choosing to explore the content of the scrolls, what could be said about their authors, and the relationship of the scrolls to the Qumran community. The most detailed contemporary account remains that of Frank Cross in The Ancient Library of Qumran (now in a third revised edition).

In late fall 1952 Harding was beginning to come to terms with the idea of allowing foreign institutions the opportunity to buy Dead Sea Scrolls material. He still preferred to find a donor to purchase the fragments on behalf of the museum, but no individuals or institutions had come forward. ”33 Although the expeditions took place as foreseen, ironically the Bedouin still cleared the vast majority of the ancient materials from Cave 4 before the archaeologists arrived on the scene. 34 As to the purchase of fragments, Harding approached a number of institutions with direct offers, but these proved fruitless.

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