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Southwestern gets Scrolls fragments


FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) Pieces from what many scholars argue is the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century have found a permanent residence at Southwestern Seminary. Southwestern trustee Gary Loveless presented President Paige Patterson with the collection during a seminary chapel service Jan. 20.

Southwestern is one of only a handful of institutions of higher education in the U.S. to possess pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Early analysis shows the fragments owned by Southwestern include portions of Exodus 23, Leviticus 18, and Daniel 6. A pen made from a Palm tree, which was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls and presumably used by the scribes who wrote them, also was gifted to the seminary as part of the collection. It is only one of three pens known to exist from the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries.