Fragments of a Biblical scroll and also other relics have been found in what officials call an "historic discovery" in desert caves in Israel.

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The dozens of piece of parchment were written in Greek, with simply the surname of God showing up in Hebrew.


The scroll is thought to have actually belonged come Jewish rebels who fled to the hills adhering to a failure revolt versus Roman ascendancy in the 2nd Century.


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It is the an initial such uncover of its kind since the early 1960s when comparable fragments and also some 40 skeletons were uncovered at the website which ended up being known as the cave of Horror.


The newly discovered remnants save verses from the books of Zechariah and also Nahum, which type part the writings known as the book of the Twelve young Prophets.


The parchment had actually been written in Greek, the language embraced after the occupation of Judea by Alexander the good in the 4th Century BC. The surname of God, though, exclusively shows up in Hebrew.


Israel Antiquities Authority's (IAA) director Israel Hasson stated the scroll and also other relics found there were "of immeasurable worth for mankind".


A cache of rarely coins from the duration of the Jewish revolt, a 6,000-year-old mummified skeleton of a child and also a big intact basket date from around 10,500 years earlier were also discovered at the site.


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Image source, Israel Antiquities Authority
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Image source, Israel Antiquities Authority
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Image source, Israel Antiquities Authority

Located some 80m (260ft) beneath a cliff-top, the cavern is virtually inaccessible and could only be got to by teams abseiling down to it.

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The exploration was part of what the IAA dubbed a "complex and also challenging" operation to defend the network of caves native antiquities looters.


Searches of the cliffs and caves in the Judean Desert have actually yielded a sweetheart trove of finds end decades, consisting of the civilization famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known duplicates of Biblical books.