from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient village of Palestine on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank east of Jerusalem. It is noted for the caves in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.


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  • By this, I have always meant as at "Qumran" -- the name scholars give to the subject of "the Dead Sea Scrolls" to avoid repeating this tedious phraseology -- it being the location of the River Wadi emptying into the Dead Sea where the Scrolls were found what the documents themselves say and not the more imprecise conclusions of paleography, archaeology or even AMS carbon dating, such as these may be.

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  • A hundred years earlier, the Jews we know by the name Essene, read that same verse in Isaiah and literally moved to live in the Judean desert out by the Dead Sea in a little settlement called Qumran, where they wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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  • The sect, they say, stored the scrolls in the caves surrounding their settlement, a place we now call Qumran, that was destroyed by the Romans in 68 A.D.

  • They came with old parchment and papyrus scrolls found by one of their tribesmen, a goatherd, in a cave over the barren hills due east of Bethlehem, at a place called Qumran, just northwest of the Dead Sea.


  • It is my impression that, unless there are some sensational archeological discoveries -- an Islamic "Qumran" or "Nag Hammadi" -- the question of Muhammad's existence will probably never be finally clarified.

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  • Many people have read the numerous books or seen the television programs that deal with the subject of the Qumran community and seem to offer proof that the beginnings of Jesus of Nazareth and of Christianity ought to be portrayed in a completely different way from what is recorded in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.

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  • In 1947 a shepherd boy near the town of Qumran by the Dead Sea found a number of jars in a cave.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Hills and caves near Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • The most interesting thing was that the texts on the Qumran scrolls often provided an answer to the questions linguists had been pondering for years.23 For example, the translators of the English Revised Standard Version only had to make thirteen small adjustments in the book of Isaiah, of which eight were already known from other manuscripts.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • The books were written between 225 BC and AD 68, the year in which Roman soldiers put an end to the community in Qumran.

    Modern Science in the Bible


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