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Biblical Archaeology Review 48:2, Summer 2022

Ezra and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Charlotte Hempel

Three fragments of the Book of Ezra have been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest collection of biblical texts. Yet the figure of Ezra—and his importance as priest, scribe, and interpreter of the law—does not appear in the scrolls. Did the authors of the scrolls not know his story?

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