Redating the radiocarbon dating of the dead sea scrolls
However, a small number of well-preserved, almost intact manuscripts have survived — fewer than a dozen among those from the Qumran Caves.
I don’t mean that they’ll use soap and water (that would probably not be a good idea), but rather a chemical to remove plant residue.
Eisenman, Redating the Radiocarbon Dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls, DSD 11 (2004) 143157." ----- Details "The passage in the Atwill article reads: 'Unfortunately for these assumptions (as above), a fragment, recently identified by Hanan Eshel as being from Cave 4, gives dated evidence of a contract carrying the name of a High Priest and date of approximately 46-47 CE; thus giving vivid internal evidence that negates any idea that the documents were deposited in this cave prior to this time.
These are: 11QT, 1QH, 4Q266, 1Qp Hab, 1QS, 4Q258, 4Q171, 4Q521 and 4Q267.'" ----- On "le" and further to Stephen "Would you note the change that has come over the leading journal, Dead Sea Discoveries, with the change of editorship?
Research has dated it palaeographically to the 1st or 2nd century CE, and using the C14 method to sometime between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE.
Archeologists have long associated the scrolls with the ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes, although some recent interpretations have challenged this connection and argue that priests in Jerusalem, or Zadokites, or other unknown Jewish groups wrote the scrolls.