Bible scroll fragments among dazzling artifacts found in Dead Sea Cave of Horror

Parts of books of Nahum and Zechariah, world’s oldest woven basket, 6,000-year-old mummified child, Bar Kochba Revolt coins among stunning finds from daring Judean Desert rescue op

  • Archaeologists Hagay Hamer and Oriah Amichai sieving finds at the entrance to the Cave of Horror. (Eitan Klein, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Archaeologists Hagay Hamer and Oriah Amichai sieving finds at the entrance to the Cave of Horror. (Eitan Klein, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Rappelling to the Cave of the Skulls. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Rappelling to the Cave of the Skulls. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Excavations in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Excavations in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Excavations at Qumran. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Excavations at Qumran. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Dozens of youths from pre-military preparatory programs participated in the excavations. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Dozens of youths from pre-military preparatory programs participated in the excavations. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • The discovery of the 10,500-year-old basket by preparatory program students. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    The discovery of the 10,500-year-old basket by preparatory program students. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • The basket as found in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    The basket as found in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Archaeologist Hagay Hamer holding a Bar Kokhba coin found in the desert. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Archaeologist Hagay Hamer holding a Bar Kokhba coin found in the desert. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • Arrowheads from the Roman period discovered in the Judaen Desert operation.(Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities Authority)
    Arrowheads from the Roman period discovered in the Judaen Desert operation.(Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities Authority)
  • The excavation of the caves was conducted in difficult conditions (Yaniv Berman/IAA)
    The excavation of the caves was conducted in difficult conditions (Yaniv Berman/IAA)

    In a stunningly rare discovery, dozens of 2,000-year-old biblical scroll fragments have been excavated from Judean Desert caves during a daring rescue operation. Most of the newly discovered scroll fragments — the first such finds in 60 years — are Greek translations of the books of Zechariah and Nahum from the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, and are written in two scribal hands. Only the name of God is written in Hebrew in the texts.

    The fragments from the Prophets have been identified as coming from a larger scroll that was found in the 1950s, in the same “Cave of Horror” in Nahal Hever, which is some 80 meters (260 feet) below a cliff top. According to an Israel Antiquities Authority press release, the cave is “flanked by gorges and can only be reached by rappelling precariously down the sheer cliff.”

    Along with the “new” biblical scroll fragments from the Books of the Minor Prophets, the team excavated a huge 10,500-year-old perfectly preserved woven basket — the oldest complete basket in the world — and a 6,000-year-old mummified skeleton of a child, tucked into its blanket for a final sleep.

    Since 2017, the IAA has spearheaded an unprecedented rescue operation to salvage ancient artifacts from caves throughout the Judean Desert against the rampant looting that has occurred in the area since the much-heralded — and lucrative — discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Bedouin shepherds some 70 years ago. On Tuesday morning, a sample of the dazzling discoveries were unveiled for the first time.

    “The desert team showed exceptional courage, dedication and devotion to purpose, rappelling down to caves located between heaven and earth, digging and sifting through them, enduring thick and suffocating dust, and returning with gifts of immeasurable worth for mankind,” said Israel Antiquities Authority’s director Israel Hasson, who led the widespread rescue operation, in an IAA press release.

    Israel Hasson, director-general of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in the desert operation. (Israel Antiquities Authority)

    “The newly discovered scroll fragments are a wake-up call to the state. Resources must be allocated for the completion of this historically important operation. We must ensure that we recover all the data that has not yet been discovered in the caves before the robbers do. Some things are beyond value,” Hasson said.

    In an optimistic attempt to be one step ahead of looters, the inter-departmental national project was launched in 2017 to survey Judean Desert caves. A few promising caves were subsequently excavated at some colorfully named locations, including the Cave of Horror — where over 40 skeletons have thus far been uncovered — and the Cave of Skulls. About 20 more promising caves could be excavated in the next stage of the operation, provided the budget is allocated.

    The operation was undertaken by the IAA, in cooperation with the Staff Officer of the Archaeology Department of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, and funded by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage. About half of the Judean Desert, including the original source of most of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, is located in the West Bank beyond the Green Line.

    “For years we chased after antiquities looters. We finally decided to pre-empt the thieves and try reaching the artifacts before they were removed from the ground and the caves,” said Amir Ganor, head of the IAA’s Theft Prevention Unit.

    So far, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) and 500 caves have been systematically surveyed by three teams led by IAA archaeologists Oriah Amichai, Hagay Hamer and Haim Cohen. Ganor estimates that about 25 percent of the Judean Desert has not yet been surveyed. Using drones and high-tech rappelling and mountain-climbing gear, archaeologists and a team of volunteers from pre-military academies have been able to access many hitherto “unreachable” caves — some of which hadn’t been entered by a human being for almost two millennia.

    The biblical scrolls are among the highlights of the newly excavated artifacts, but are by no means the only extraordinary discoveries:

    ‘New’ biblical scrolls

    Opening a scroll section in the Israel Antiquities Authority’s conservation laboratory. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Looters and archaeologists alike have combed the Judean Desert since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls some 70 years ago. Aside from two silver scrolls engraved with the biblical Priestly Blessing (from the late 7th to early 6th century BCE) discovered in Ketef Hinnom in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the earliest known copies of the biblical books and span from circa 400 BCE to 300 CE.

    The latest identified finds, two dozen 2,000-year-old biblical scroll fragments from the books of Zechariah and Nahum, were discovered in clumps and rolled up in the Cave of Horror. The conservation and study of the fragments was conducted by the IAA’s Dead Sea Scrolls Unit under Tanya Bitler, Dr. Oren Ableman and Beatriz Riestra.

    The team has so far reconstructed 11 lines of Greek text that was translated from Zechariah 8:16–17, as well as verses from Nahum 1:5–6. They join nine, much more extant fragments that were discovered by Yochanan Aharoni, who first surveyed the Cave of Horrors in 1953.

    On the new fragments, as well as in the Greek translation scroll discovered by Aharoni, only the name of God appears in Hebrew. It is written in the Paleo-Hebrew script used during the First Temple period, as well as by some adherents of the Bar Kochba revolt (132–136 CE), including on coinage, and in the Qumran community.

    Sections of the scroll discovered in the Judean Desert after conservation. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Among the academic fruit already born of the new discovery is the realization that the “new” Greek translation is different from the traditional Masoretic texts.

    “These differences can tell us quite a bit regarding the transmission of the biblical text up until the days of the Bar Kochba Revolt, documenting the changes that occurred over time until reaching us in the current version,” said the IAA.

    Sections of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets scroll discovered in the Judean Desert expedition prior to their conservation. (Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Oldest basket in the world

    IKEA would do well to take note of the craftsmanship shown on a stunning woven basket dating from some 10,500 years ago — some 1,000 years prior to the first known pottery vessels — which was hailed by the IAA as “currently unparalleled worldwide.”

    The basket as found in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    The massive 90-100 liter (24-26 gallon)-volume receptacle was discovered by youth volunteers from the Nofei Prat pre-military leadership academy. The exciting discovery took place in one of the Muraba’at Caves, which have previously offered up caches of Roman-era papers and Bar Kochba Revolt remnants, which are found in the Nahal Darga Reserve.

    The basket is being studied by the IAA’s Dr. Naama Sukenik and Dr. Ianir Milevski and was dated using carbon-14, by Prof. Elisabetta Boaretto of the Scientific Archaeology Unit of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

    Archaeologists Chaim Cohen and Dr. Naama Sukenik with the world’s oldest basket, as found in Muraba‘at Cave. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Due to the arid climate of the region, the huge Pre-Pottery Neolithic period basket, woven in a unique style from plant material, was preserved whole. “As far as we know, this is the oldest basket in the world that has been found completely intact and its importance is therefore immense,” said the IAA.

    Unfortunately, the basket was discovered empty. “Only future research of a small amount of soil remaining inside it will help us discover what it was used for and what was placed in it,” said the IAA.

    Conservation work on the basket in the Israel Antiquities Authority’s laboratories. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Mummified child

    Some 6,000 years ago, a parent tucked his child in with a blanket for its eternal sleep. The complete skeleton is being researched by the IAA’s Ronit Lupu and Dr. Hila May from the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, who estimate it was 6-12 years old, based on a CT scan.

    6,000-year-old skeleton of a child who was buried wrapped in cloth. (Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Fittingly, the cloth-wrapped child was discovered in the Cave of Horror. According to prehistorian Lupu, after moving two flat stones, the team discovered that a shallow pit had been intentionally dug beneath the stones that held the child’s skeleton, which was placed in a fetal position and covered with a cloth around its head and chest.

    Prehistorian Ronit Lupu in the desert operation. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    “It was obvious that whoever buried the child had wrapped him up and pushed the edges of the cloth beneath him, just as a parent covers his child in a blanket. A small bundle of cloth was clutched in the child’s hands,” said Lupu. Due to the arid conditions in the cave, the child was naturally mummified. The cloth and other organic materials, including hair and even skin and tendons, were likewise preserved.

    Bar Kochba stash and cache

    A rare cache from the Bar Kochba period. (Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Several of the caves offered random finds left behind by Jewish rebels who fled to the caves at the end of the Bar Kochba Revolt, including a cache of coins that were overstruck with Jewish rebels’ symbols such as a harp and a date palm, an array of arrowheads and spearheads, pieces of woven fabric, sandals and lice combs, which illustrated the everyday items taken by the fleeing Jews.

    Ofer Sion, head of the IAA’s Surveys Department, said, “The high cliffs of 300-400 meters [985-1,300 feet] in a single drop with these enigmatic ravines that no one reaches were the ultimate haven. And in one period in human history, families fled to the caves in the Judean Desert, and we really don’t know anything else.”

    Finds from the caves: fragments of Qumran jars and arrowheads from the prehistoric and Roman periods. (Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Archaeologist Oriah Amichai explained that the families clearly planned what they would be taking from home, “when one day, when the war will be finished, what they will be able to use to build a new life. We come here and reconstruct the lives of those who didn’t survive in the end,” she said.

    The ongoing operation intends to continue searching for vestiges of the past that connect with all Israeli citizens, regardless of creed. As emphasized by Avi Cohen, the CEO of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, “These finds are not just important to our own cultural heritage, but to that of the entire world.”

    Archaeologist Oriah Amichai holding part of an ancient mat from the desert. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)

    A top-level expert issues an urgent and dire warning about the C19 vaccines. Decide for yourself after taking in the arguments, but this is a must-see article and video.

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    “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

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    An Eminent Vaccinologist Sounds The Alarm Over Current “Vaccine” Protocols

    Those receiving the current “vaccines” are committing delayed-action suicide, and making themselves incubators for more dangerous variants of the virus.

    I USED THE EXPRESSION “EMINENT” in the title of this piece, but that doesn’t do justice to the credentials of Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche. Vanden Bossche is actually a major science-side mover-and-shaker in the most significant vaccine research and production endeavors around the world, including those responsible for some of the “vaccines” being deployed today. Here is a bio-blurb from another site discussing his presentation:

    Geert Vanden Bossche, PhD, DVM, is a vaccine research expert. He has a long list of companies and organizations he’s worked with on vaccine discovery and preclinical research, including GSK, Novartis, Solvay Biologicals, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Vanden Bossche also coordinated the Ebola vaccine program at GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization). He is board-certified in Virology and Microbiology, the author of over 30 publications, and inventor of a patent application for universal vaccines. He currently works as an independent vaccine research consultant.

    Here is a selection of entries from Vanden Bossche’s resume:

    • Managing Director, VARECO

    • Head of the Vaccine, Development Office German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF)

    • Chief Innovation & Scientific Officer, Univac

    • Program Manager, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)

    • Senior Program Officer, Global Health, Vaccine Discovery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

    • Global Project Director Influenza Vaccines, Solvay Biologicals

    • Director, Research Program Leader and Head of Adjuvants, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics

    • Head of Adjuvant Technologies and Alternative Deliveries, R&D, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals

    • Senior Project Leader ‘Adolescent Vaccine Projects’ and New Biotech Vaccine Development and QC-QA Manager, GSK Biologicals

    Plainly, Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche is a super-charged authority on the design and function of vaccines. Plainly, Bossche is no “antivaxxer”. But Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche is now urgently warning the world to STOP TAKING THE COVID-19 VACCINES.

    Each individual receiving the current injections is signing their own death warrant, Bossche has realized. He believes the mass vaccination program is setting the stage for the emergence of a super-virus, as well.

    VANDEN BOSSCHE PERSUASIVELY ARGUES that the currently-flogged “vaccines” (which are actually just injections of genetic material meant to mimic one feature of the originally-circulating C19 virus) will have the perverse effect of neutralizing– by shouldering aside, as it were– the recipient’s natural (and much more robust) immune response to any virus having that feature– even variants against which the “vaccine”-generated antibodies are only imperfectly effective. That is, the “vaccine”-generated antibodies are able to do little more than slow down the development of a full-blown infection from an invading variant, and will prevent other immune functions from doing any better.

    As a result (Vanden Bossche argues), while those recipients are protected against the originally-circulating version, they have been made completely defenseless against any of the routine variants which inevitably appear as a virus progresses through its natural cycle.

    Further, because the “vaccine” treatment offers only partial protection from variants (while having neutralized what would otherwise be a very robust and, in most cases, fully effective natural immune response), invading viruses in such recipients have time to replicate as even more divergent variations which will be shed into the environment during the brief period the “vaccinated” and defenseless host remains alive.

    In short, the current pseudo-vaccine recipients– whose natural immune systems would otherwise have continued to keep infection fatality rates too small to be of any significance in the vast bulk of the population– have been marked for death, or spending the remainder of their lives in a bubble. Only those already compromised by age or co-morbidities to the point of meaningful vulnerability to the original virus are at all benefited by the “vaccines”, and then only until a variant wafts their way.

    VANDEN BOSSCHE GOES ON to argue that in fact, because these narrowly-focused “vaccines” are being mass-distributed into an already-infected population in which mutation-pressure has already begun to produce variants– rather than in advance of an outbreak of disease where a wall of embedded defense against the arriving version of the virus might stop the thing cold– the current “vaccination” campaign will simply and ruinously guarantee the generation of increasingly dangerous variations. The existing slight variants will accomplish “viral immune escape” (as Vanden Bossche puts it), surviving the too-narrowly-targeted “vaccine” antibodies while being protected by those antibodies from the innate NK-cell defense, and going on to evolve into super-variants.

    I find this contention– or, at least, the urgency of this warning– less persuasive.

    Here, Vanden Bossche assumes that the “vaccine”-proof variants coming to life in the imperfectly-protected recipients of the current jab-campaign will be more virulent and somehow able to overwhelm a healthy non-specific immune response, contrary to historical norms. I think it is safer to say that the variants will simply be differently virulent.

    These new versions will have the variance of physiology prompted by their bout with the feature-specific “vaccine” antibodies and the survival of mutations invulnerable to those targeted antibodies. But there is no reason this means more dangerously virulent when facing a healthy natural immune system unhampered by “vaccine” interference.

    In this regard, I think Dr. Vanden Bossche loses sight of his own argument about the robustness of the natural, undifferentiated immune response when able to do its work as designed. That response (of the so-called NK– natural killer— cells) has successfully kept the original C19 virus at a level of threat well below that of a normal seasonal flu. Why would it not continue to do so against variants, in regard to each of which the NK cells would perform with identical potency?

    On the other hand, this second warning by Vanden Bossche’s about the possible broad-swath dangers of the “vaccines” (as opposed to the certain harm done by them to individual recipients) does lead to his very important observation that masks and “social distancing” and other interferences in the normal comingling of human populations have been diminishing immune system health in all those practicing these foolish measures. Those who want to live must immediately unmask and resume the normal human contact that is key to a healthy immune system.

    In fact, ironically, it is only those who have received the currently-flogged “vaccines” that must be prevented from intermingling with others. Those who have not can do best for themselves and everyone else by resuming full, unimpeded interpersonal contact.

    ALL TOLD, DR. GEERT VANDEN BOSSCHE’S warning against the “vaccines” being inflicted upon the world right now– some of which he appears to have had a hand in developing– comes down to this: DON’T LET YOURSELF GET JABBED.

    If Vanden Bossche is right, taking the “vaccine” has been unwittingly suicidal. Those in otherwise good health who have taken the “vaccine” have doomed themselves to death from the inevitable virus variants which they otherwise would survive (and possibly not even notice, as with the original). Those in compromised health merely bought themselves a little time before they meet their foreordained fate at the hands of the variants instead of the original.

    Likely there is a spectrum of vulnerability to the worst possible outcomes on which every individual falls, due to variables involved. Some will have a chance of survival despite the damage to their immune systems from the “vaccine”. But no one can count on that.

    The only safe course for those so far unvaccinated is to refuse the shots. The only way out of the trap in which those who have already had the shots find themselves is to stop the “vaccine” programs overall, which will diminish the variant-producing “viral immune escape” pressure and mitigate or eliminate the doomsday scenario of which Vanden Bossche warns.

    So, the second takeaway is this: DON’T LET ANYONE ELSE GET JABBED.

    THE WHOLE C19 FLIM-FLAM had been bad enough before this “vaccine” lunacy began to roll out. Now, it’s so much worse.

    It’s way past time to open your eyes and say, “No more”. If Vanden Bossche is right, it is no longer just your liberty which depends on your doing so. Now, your life depends on it, too.

    HERE IS THE INTERVIEW of Dr. Vanden Bossche in which he explains his arguments:

    ONE FINAL COMMENT: I know some are going to wonder about the remarkable sequence of events over the last year, specifically:

    • A virus whose IFR is so modest as to barely merit attention is wildly overhyped and used as the excuse for a world-wide imposition of measures (i.e., masks, “distancing”, stay-at-home orders) virtually guaranteed to destroy immune system health on a broad swath of the world population.

    • Concerted efforts are steadily undertaken to suppress information about simple, effective treatments for those who contract disease from the virus, falsely promoting vaccination as the only defense.

    • That everyone exposed to the virus has already acquired immunity is never acknowledged by any voice sounding the alarm from a mainstream platform, again falsely promoting vaccination as the only defense.

    • The engineered hysteria over the nothing-burger virus is leveraged to facilitate election frauds by which a “climate-change-agenda” and vaccine-boosting tool is put into the US presidency in place of a [deeply flawed, but] much more popular skeptic, and control of Congress is put into the hands of the usurper’s supporters.

    • This is followed by the rollout of a “vaccine” seemingly designed to cause vulnerability to the entirely-predictable variants of the virus (and indeed, vulnerability to other coronaviruses otherwise routinely-handled by healthy and uncompromised immune systems, such as the normal seasonal flu…), strenuously pushed on everyone– even those whose risk from the virus is virtually non-existent.

    • All this is done against a backdrop of long-nurtured anxiety about “climate change” and “sustainability”, the one obvious answer to which (in the minds of those harboring the anxiety) is a dramatic reduction in a human population depicted by very powerful voices in that “anxiety movement” as surplus, useless eaters.

    To those folks, I say, “You’re right. That IS curious…”

    “All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”

    -I. F. Stone

    “There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.”

    -Edmund Burke

    “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”


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