THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 4, 1980
Unpublished Dead Sea Scroll Explains Threat to Israelites
CLAREMONT, Calif. —
An unpublished Dead Sea
Scroll discloses a "lost para-
graph" from the Bible that
makes an 11th Century
BCE threat to the Israelites
more understandable, ac-
cording to a Harvard ar-
The 11th chapter of I
Samuel opens with a king,
Nahash the Ammonite, be-
sieging Israelites in the
Jordan River Valley town of
Jabesh-Gilead. The missing
segment shows that the
residents pleaded for a
peace tflaty but the king
only agreed on the condition
that their right eyes be
gouged out as a sign of
humiliation for Israel.
The reasons for Nahash's
attack and conditions for
peace, however, are in-
explicable for the Hebrew
scripture which the Jews
and Christians have used back to 50 BCE and one of
for nearly 2,000 years, said many hidden by Jewish
Frank M. Cross Jr., Har- monks of the Essene sect
vard professor of Semitic has an introduction to the
siege of Jabesh-Gilead.
The answers, Cross said,
When a fool has made up
are in a Samuel scroll found
at a cave near the Dead Sea his mind the market has
in 1962. The scroll, dating - gone by.
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