Biblical Archaeology Review 28:5, September/October 2002

Scrolls, Scripts and Stelae

A Norwegian collector shows BAR his rare inscriptions

By Hershel Shanks

If you have a Dead Sea Scroll for sale, you should get in touch with Martin Schøyen (pronounced Skoo-yen) in Oslo. He is a prime prospect. He already owns several Dead Sea Scroll fragments—making him one of the few individuals in the world (I can think of only one other) who owns Dead Sea Scroll material.

In his spacious London pied-à-terre, Schøyen also has one of the unusual pottery jars from Qumran in which the Bedouin found the first intact scrolls in 1947 or 1948.

He also owns a beautiful bronze inkwell (previously published in BAR)a and a small bronze incense altar (see “Rare Incense Altar Raises Burning Questions,” in this issue) that purportedly come from the settlement at Qumran, where many of the scrolls were probably written.

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