the Ancient Jewish Scrolls of Masada

By: Pranathi

The scrolls of Masada were an important part of the Jewish peoples' day-to-day lives.

Below are a few pictures depicting the physical appearance of the scrolls.


What was so important about the scrolls?

The scrolls allowed the Jewish people to pursue their religious duties during the Masada time period. Many historians today wonder why the scrolls weren't destroyed or taken away by the Romans.

The scrolls often contained prayers and guidelines for religious practices, and were written by a learned Jewish scribe. Then, a Jewish Priest (Kohen) would read them at the appropriate prayer time in their house of worship.


where are the scrolls today?

Masada was excavated between 1963 and 1965 by an Israeli archaeologist by the name of Yigael Yadin. At about this time, the scrolls were found buried under a large layer of ash, dust, and rock, but were never considered to be of great value. Today, they are kept at famous museums in Israel, having been decoded by people educated in the Ancient Hebrew language form.

Below is a video explaining the excavation of Masada, and decoding of the scrolls.

Fun facts :)

-Teenage shepherds accidentally stumbled upon the first set of Dead Sea Scrolls. The young men were playing a game of toss, and when one of their rocks fell into a nearby cave, they heard a shattering sound. Curious, they discovered a collection of large clay jars, each containing a special scroll.

-Nobody knows for sure who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.

-Almost all of the currently used Hebrew Bible is represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

-Unlike what most people think, not all of the scrolls are written in Hebrew. Some are written in Aramaic, a language considered to be "slang" during that time period. Some sections even feature a translation of the Bible from Hebrew, to Greek.

-The scrolls are thought to contain a guide to hidden treasure. The Copper Scroll, unlike the other parchment and animal skin scrolls, is chiseled onto metal sheets. It uses odd vocabulary and unnatural spelling, it describes 64 passages that are used for gold and silver safe keeping.

want to find out more about the scrolls?

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My recreation of the scrolls

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