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Title / Description: Qumran (finds): manuscript (1QM, War Scroll)Commentary: The so-called "War Scroll" (1QM) is a handbook on how to conduct a holy war between the "children of light" and the "children of darkness". The scroll, which emphasizes Roman military strategy, describes an eventual world conquest by Israel, aided by divine intervention and possibly as a reaction to Roman hegemony. Diagnostic references within the scroll have led researchers to posit that it dates to the late 1st century BCE or early 1st century CE.
Provenance: Qumran, Israel
Object Type: image - manuscript
Date: 2nd c. BCE - 1st c. CE
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, vol. 2, 5 (New York : Oxford University Press, 1997)
Author of Commentary: Adam Mendelson
Source: Burrows, Millar Millar Burrows slide collection
Reference: QUMRAN (finds): manuscript (1QM, War Scroll)