Hundreds of meters above the Dead Sea, archaeologists work from dangerous cliffs, hoping for a major discovery — another Dead Sea Scroll. The famous artifacts were originally found over 70 years ago in Qumran, the same area being excavated now. The decades old quest died down, but in recent years, the search has been reignited.
Dead Sea Scrolls
Jim Barfield’s 12-year search for the Temple utensils revealed an unexpected discovery to an Oklahoma Noahide: a powerful spiritual connection between the mountaintop Temple in Jerusalem and at Qumran, located near to the deepest spot on the planet. Just as Jerusalem was a city for priests to serve in the Temple, Barfield argues that Qumran was a center for prophecy.
A group of researchers from Haifa University pieced together fragments that made up the last of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovering that the Essene sect that lived near the Dead Sea during the Second Temple era followed a calendar vastly different than the calendar used by the Jews, indicating what may have been the motivation for the sect choosing a desolate and isolated location to practice a type of Judaism that was essentially heretical.