Biblical Archaeology Review 20:5, September/October 1994

A Hub of Scribal Activity?

By Stephen Goranson

Inkwells from Qumran are of more than insouciant interest. These inkwells bear intimately on several important questions—whether Dead Sea Scrolls were written at Qumran, the nature of the Qumran settlement (religious community, winter villa, military fortress or commercial entrepôt), the relationship (if any) between the Qumran settlement and the scrolls, and, ultimately, the nature of the library itself. That is why the “discovery” of another inkwell from the site is important. In this case, the new inkwell is also very beautiful and quite unusual.

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