LOST BUT FOUND (I)
– Scrolls in Transit Thanks to a Goat
1947 at Qumran: the first seven of the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. The tapestries depict their journey from when found by teenage Bedouin boys to being stored and displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in a building built for them.
As it throws an enriching turning-point-light on Jewish society during the Second Temple period (the Hellenistic and Roman eras), as well as the origins of rabbinical Judaism and early Christianity, it is awe-inspiring to think that the knowledge was hidden from us for about two thousand years, the scrolls just standing there in desert silence.
Fortunately, ceramic jars with lids were made exclusively for their survival. Who wrote the scrolls and why they were placed in the caves remain mysteries. But I have tried to weave in the paradox of the scrolls hiding in blackness sheltered from the revealing desert light.
Lost but Found (I)