Archeologists have unearthed a new cave in the same vicinity where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Discovered in January by an excavation team from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia, the cave does not contain any new scrolls, although researchers cite evidence that scrolls were once there and that many artifacts still remain.
“It’s the first time in 60 years we have the first evidence of a new scroll cave,” said Oren Gutfeld of Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology. Although participants said the cave had been looted, “they left behind all the evidence that the scrolls were there.”
According to Liberty University, when first discovered in the 1940s, the Dead Sea Scrolls showed a better than 95% agreement between the old texts and more recent Hebrew Masoretic Texts, from which the Old Testament is translated.
Lamar Cooper, a participant from Criswell College in Dallas, stated, “When I got to Israel, all of [the discoveries] showed me that what is in the Bible is true, because what we were bringing out of the ground were things that relate to the Bible.”