Photograph from the cave at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered looking east down Wadi Qumran to the Dead Sea and Jordan
Photograph from the cave at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered looking east down Wadi Qumran to the Dead Sea and Jordan. Wadi Qumran is south of Jericho on the West Bank or Palestine. Khirbet Qumran is on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. The desert cliffs hid the Dead Sea scrolls until the discovery in 1947 of 900 scrolls. Many scholars believe that the scrolls were hidden by the Essenes Jewish sect about 2000 years ago during the Roman conquest and First Jewish Revolt. The sunrise lights up the geography of the Jordanian Hills in Jordan across the water of the Dead Sea. Flash floods send water down the narrow canyon perhaps twice yearly. Most of the scrolls were found in Cave 4 visible in the white cliff on the left distance. Qumran is surrounded by bible lands and have rich archeology and history. Photograph by Nathan Benn taken February 29, 1976.