LDS Perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls provides a unique look at one of the most important archeological finds of the century and one of particular interest to Latter-day Saints.
Almost 2,000 years ago leather scrolls were sealed in earthenware jars and hidden deep inside caves that line the Dead Sea. Since the discovery of the scrolls in 1947, researchers from around the world have spent years trying to piece the scrolls together and learn what they say and who wrote them.
In the early 1990's the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation asked Brigham Young University scholars and scientists to join an international team in continuing the work of unraveling the mysteries of the scrolls. Since then, BYU researchers have applied state of the art technologies in the areas of DNA analysis and SAR imaging to aid in the study of the scrolls. Textual scholarship of the scrolls has been further enhanced by a CD-ROM developed by Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies containing the entire scroll collection.
LDS Perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls features LDS scholars discussing how the scrolls have provided new insights into both Judaism and early Christianity and aided the LDS community in understanding its own scriptural tradition and the world from which the scriptures came.