Leviticus Scroll

Leviticus Scroll from Qumran, copied circa late second–early first century B.C.E (11QPaleoLev), Qumran. Ink on parchment, Israeli Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem, Israel.

This Leviticus scroll was discovered in 1956, one of 972 texts found in caves near the Dead Sea. Known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these texts are the earliest existing manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. Inscribed on this scroll are parts of the final chapters of Leviticus (Lev 22-27), the third book of the Bible. Leviticus expounds laws of sacrifice, atonement, and holiness. The scroll was written in Paleo-Hebrew script on parchment, a thin material made from limed sheepskin.

Leviticus Scroll from Qumran (11QPaleoLev), late second/early first century B.C.E.

Reconciliation between God and a person, often brought about by sacrifice or reparation.

A collection of Jewish texts (biblical, apocryphal, and sectarian) from around the time of Christ that were preserved near the Dead Sea and rediscovered in the 20th century.

A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

separate from the ordinary or profane.

Textual documents, usually handwritten.

A very early form of the Hebrew language, attested in some inscriptions from the early Iron Age.

An archaeological site on the western shore of the Dead Sea, in modern Israel, where a small group of Jews lived in the last centuries B.C.E. The site was destroyed by the Romans around 70 C.E. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the site and are believed by most scholars to have belonged to the people living at Qumran.

Lev 22-27

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