The Dead Sea has history that dates long into the past. The ancient body of water is located in Israel which has a long history embedded with religious significance. Israel is also home to Jerusalem, the holy city to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The holy city is located between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. This is significant due to the treasures, relics, and artifacts that found their way into the area.
As the epicenter for the Abrahamic religions, many wars have been fought to claim the lands and as such, many treasures have been left, buried in the sands. These include Roman coins and beautiful potteries among other items. Another extremely important treasure that had been found in the area were the Dead Sea scrolls. From what could be salvaged from these ancient parchments, the surviving scrolls give us clues to the past.
The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1946. Found by Bedouin shepherds, the first finding was made of 7 scrolls when a shepherd accidentally came upon them as he fell into a cave. The scrolls were said to be found in a jar and were kept for quite some time until they were eventually sold for the tiny sum of what is equivalent to $29. It was not until 1947 when Dr John C Trever studied the scrolls and realized their importance. Thus they were moved for more appropriate safekeeping.
The importance of the Dead Sea scrolls cannot be underestimated. They are priceless due to the information contained on the scrolls. The scrolls give us an additional 1,000 years of information of history that had not be previously documented. Also, the scrolls contain vital information of the time before and during the life of Christ.
There is no argument that there is something magical about the area of the Dead Sea. Both the historical and geographical formations date very far back in time and the idea of what can still be discovered continues to be a fascinating topic to this day!