Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1497-1498 Brent Seales – Reviving Carbonized Texts

prof. Brent Seales

prof. Brent Seales

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predicting that the top slot on our Top Ten discoveries in Biblical Archaeology list in two months is going to be this item, the reading of the oldest biblical text outside of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Earlier this year, it was announced that a CT scan of a cigar-shaped charcoal briquette, in reality the remains of a carbonized scroll from the fire-destroyed Byzantine synagogue at Ein Gedi, revealed the Old Testament book of Leviticus.

In this series of interviews we talk with University of Kentucky professor Brent Seales (a University of Wisconsin graduate) about his work, virtually unrolling and reviving ancient texts with computerized tomography and particle accelerators.

Archaeologists gather in Atlanta next month, and maybe somebody can top this. We’ll see.


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