The story of the discovery of the Scrolls in caves along the shores of the Dead Sea in the late forties and early fifties is well
known. The first cave was discovered, as the story goes, by Bedouin boys in 1947. Most familiar works in Qumran research
come from this cave - Qumran, the Arabic term for the locale in which the Scrolls were found, being used by scholars as
shorthand to refer to the Scrolls.
Discoveries from other caves are less well known, but equally important. For instance, Cave 3 was discovered in 1952. Itcontained a Copper Scroll, a list apparently of hiding places of Temple treasure. The problem has always been to fit thisCopper Scroll into its proper historical setting. The present work should help in resolving this and other similar questions.The most important cave for our purposes was Cave 4 discovered in 1954. Since it was discovered after the partition ofPalestine, its contents went into the Jordanian-controlled Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem; while the contents of Cave1 had previously gone into an Israeli-controlled museum in West Jerusalem, the Israel Museum.
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