A team of Liberty University professors and students successfully joined in the excavation of a cave on the site famous for housing the Dead Sea Scrolls in Israel.
ABC 13 reports that Dr. Randall Price with Liberty University’s School of Divinity with Dr. Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University plus a team of 20 discovered the first scroll cave in over 60 years.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest discovery of the 20th Century, the team said, for containing the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, which was written 200 years before the birth of Christ. Writings detailing the days of Hesus and the early formation of the Church were also found.
Meanwhile, the newest find is being called one of the greatest discoveries in the 21st Century.
Previously, no scroll cave had been discovered since 1956.
Dr. Price first discovered the cave, known as “Cave 12,” in 2006, and worked for ten years to acquire an excavation permit.
The cave revealed six to eight scrolls jars, along with a 50-foot tunnel in the back of the cave.
“The potential now is that we can find more like this,” Dr. Price of the discovery. “Nothing like this has been done in the last 61 years and we’re the first to uncover this, and give the assurance that more scrolls could be found.” Dr. Price and his team plan to excavate other caves in the near future.
Liberty University, is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971, and is the largest Christian University in the world.