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Title: Everyman – Secrets Of The Sea – The Dead Sea Scrolls: Fact & Fiction
File Name: deadseascrolls.avi
Channel Transmitted: BBC1
Date: Sunday, 25 September 1994
Category: Documentary / Educational
Size: 372 MB (380,928 Kb / 390,070,272 bytes)
Running Time: 0:48:47.23
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Audio Codec: MPEG-1
Audio Bit Rate: 160 kbps
Audio Info: 48kHz PCM Stereo
About The Series:
Everyman is a BBC1 showcase for the best of international feature documentaries
About The Episode:
Looks at the Dead Sea Scrolls and tries to separate fact from fiction.
BBC screens Hebraica film
Two of Cambridge University Library's most famous Hebrew manuscripts were filmed during the summer for a programme recently shown in BBC Television's Everyman series and entitled "Secrets of the Sea".
The aim of the documentary, made by Roger Bolton Productions, was to provide a clear account of why the Dead Sea Scrolls are of such historical and religious importance.
It attempted to bridge the gap in the public's knowledge between the present state of scholarship and the misleading reports that have circulated in the world's press.
The two manuscripts of the Damascus Document (or Zadokite Fragment) from the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection (T-S lOK6 and 16.311), discovered fifty years before the other literature of the Dead Sea Sect, are central to any discussion of the religious ideas and biblical literature to be found in the Scrolls. As such, they were the subject of an interview conducted with Dr Stefan Reif.
In the interview, possible explanations were offered of how the Damascus Document came to be circulating in early mediaeval Cairo, and it was suggested that non-talmudic forms of Judaism may have continued for a number of centuries and coalesced into mediaeval Karaism.
The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 900 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.
The texts are of great religious and historical significance, as they include some of the only known surviving copies of Biblical documents made before 100 BC, and preserve evidence of considerable diversity of belief and practice within late Second Temple Judaism. They are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, mostly on parchment, but with some written on papyrus. These manuscripts generally date between 150 BC to 70 AD. The scrolls are most commonly identified with the ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes, but recent scholarship has challenged their association with the scrolls.
Production Company: BBC
Producer: WATERHOUSE, Michael
Series Editor: DRURY, John
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