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sharpiefan
01-24-2018, 09:00 AM
Researchers Have Finally Decoded One of The Last Remaining Dead Sea Scrolls (ARTICLE LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-decoded-one-last-remaining-dead-sea-scrolls-qumran-essenes)

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Image: (University of Haifa)



Excerpt
Researchers have deciphered one of the two remaining unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls, laying eyes on an ancient, secret code inscribed on parchment more than 2,000 years ago.

It wasn't easy to do. Over the course of a year, scholars had to painstakingly reassemble over 60 tiny fragments of text, frayed into tatters over millennia.

To make things even harder, what was written on them wasn't intended for just anyone to read and had been encrypted in a long-forgotten cipher.

"The scroll is written in code, but its actual content is simple and well-known, and there was no reason to conceal it," the researchers, Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov from the University of Haifa in Israel, explain.

"This practice is also found in many places outside the Land of Israel, where leaders write in secret code even when discussing universally known matters, as a reflection of their status."


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Tom Montgomery
01-24-2018, 09:52 AM
And the scroll reads: "Down with the People's Front of Judea!"

mmd
01-24-2018, 09:58 AM
"... just kidding..."