Dating of the dead sea scrolls

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Here is how Frank Moore Cross chronologically aligned the different scripts of the Hebrew letter In a future post I will set out in more detail than previously the evidence that would seem to me to knock out of the water this neat alignment of scripts with those dates. Or second (requiring a greater number of datings and a higher order of statistical analysis), by obtaining enough repeated radiocarbon dates of Qumran texts whose calendar date possibilities after calibration entirely postdate first century BCE at the weaker but narrower 68% confidence interval, even if first century BCE is not excluded at 95% confidence in any of the individual datings.

For those interested in the allusion above to problems with radiocarbon dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Neither of these criteria have been met in the existing radiocarbon data.

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The majority of the scrolls, however, consists of tiny, brittle fragments, which were published at a pace considered by many to be excessively slow.Later diggings produced additional letters of Bar Kokhba and a large body of , possibly of Essene authorship.A similar manuscript was found in Cave 4 at Qumrān.The handwriting styles of the Dead Sea Scrolls were aligned so that many of them were fresh and hidden in caves around 68 CE.But how valid are the dates assigned on those palaeographic script charts?

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