Day 8 - (Qumran & Masada National parks)
Qumran is known for the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the oldest manuscripts of the books of the Bible.
The Isaiah Scroll dates back to about 200 BC. Although damaged, it is almost complete and contains all 66 chapters of the book of Isaiah.
If you would like to know more about Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, you might like to check out these links:
- Historical enigma of Qumran Caves
- The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library - contains a wealth of information, this link goes to the page about the first 11 caves found, but there is a wealth of information gathered by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
- Qumran Cave 12: New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered published by Sci-News.com.
Masada National Park
It was also the last stronghold of the Jewish resistance in the revolt against Rome.
Day 9 - heading on to Jerusalem ... (Old City of Jerusalem)