The scrap of papyrus — scarcely larger than a postage stamp with four lines of angular script — is one of just a few from the region in the Late Iron Age, archaeologists say.
The fragments bearing biblical text were found by archaeologists in a cave in Judean Desert south of Jerusalem and are believed to have been stashed away during an armed Jewish uprising against Rome between 132 and 136 AD.
Numbering around 900, the manuscripts were found between 1947 — first by Bedouin shepherds — and 1956 in the Qumran caves above the Dead Sea that are today located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
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