In 1947 a Bedouin boy was searching
for his lost goat when he came
upon an ancient cave. With another
goatherd, he entered. The sight he
beheld was the most astonishing
tiling he had ever seen. Bits of pottery
were scattered about and many
jars lined the walls. __________
Thus began a true story which reads like an adventure tale —the momentous discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Alan Honour, who has actually lived among Bedouin tribes, gives a highly dramatic account of how the precious scrolls passed from the sheik of the tribe through the hands of merchants, scholars, archeologists, and philanthropists on both sides of the Atlantic until they were finally brought together at the modern museum of the Old City’of Jerusalem.
Readers of all ages will be excited reading the vivid details of the excavation at the site of the cave and the finding of huge stone-like rooms, tools, utensils, locks, keys, writing desks, coins, ink wells, and even a water supply.
Mr. Honnour tells the events with a sense of time ticking them away. One breathes a sigh of relief as the first batch of scrolls comes safely into the hands of Archbishop Samuel at the Syrian Orthodox Monastery, and the second, to Dr. Sukenik at the Hebrew University. Making full use of the startling circumstances surrounding the life of the scrolls, Mr. Honour successfully touches on the real value of all scholarly study as well as the meaning of what may produce the West's most important scriptural references. Timely - even to inclusion of the copper scrolls.