Dead Sea Scrolls
British Dictionary definitions for dead sea scrolls
Culture definitions for dead sea scrolls
A large collection of written scrolls, containing nearly all of the Old Testament, found in a cave near the Dead Sea in the late 1940s. The scrolls were part of a library collected by the Essenes, a religious community of Jews (see also Jews) that flourished for a few centuries around the time of Jesus. The scrolls are highly valued for the information they give about the Bible (see also Bible) and about Judaism in the period.