The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Unfolding like a real-life mystery, intriguing in its theories, fascinating in its truths, and providing new ways of looking at Judaism and early Christianity, this compelling program reveals the amazing secrets behind the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.
Justin Cartwright
John Shrapnel
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English [CC]
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BlackbearfamilyReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Scroll Content Not Discussed
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This video is entitled "The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls," and yet no 'secrets' are revealed whatsoever. If you are interested in the story as to how the scrolls were found and preserved over the decades, you have the right video. If, however, you want to know what the scrolls reveal about early Jewish and Christian thought, you will be sorely disappointed. In brief, if you know anything about the scrolls at all, don't waste your time or money on this video.
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J in TexasReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tourist, or Student?
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Meh. Too high on drama and too little on content of the scrolls for my taste. One of the most momentous historical discoveries ever to be sure, but, can we get some information about what they actually say. if that's possible? Kind of felt like a tourist, instead of a person seeking insight into the life of Christ. Still, nice to have the context they shared.
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St JackReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Razzle Dazzle Science! Now look away from the truth!
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So I guess this is a show about razzle dazzle science they keep throwing at viewers, I guess to cover up the bare fact that idiots control the scrolls, idiots have always controlled the scrolls, and idiots always will. They have non-expert Russian women in charge of these scrolls, they are basically maids with elementary school educations, and they clearly have no idea what they are doing, except for covering up how the Scrolls have been abused and hidden away because of what they represent. There has never been such suppression of the truth since the Council of Nicea made up the story that Yeshua was the son of God, which is laughable and silly. The truth of what they say is right there, but they will keep it all hidden until they have destroyed them.

These Scrolls need confiscated and given to real science, not Biblical fools trying to suppress the contents. This whole thing is a sad travesty for the people that just want to know what they say, especially the books stories and gospels that were stripped from the Bible or changed to sanitize or support the Christian lies and the later Jewish lies. I want to know the real history, and the real gospels of Yeshua, not the four fakes ones that were altered to fit the lies (Matthew Mark Luke John). For the love of G-d, there are over 60 Gospels of Yeshua, and they keep them hidden. In some of these Gospels, Yeshua told jokes, he kissed Mary, he danced, he killed children, he did magic....

Release the documents to real science, not those Russian maids and old ancient Christian monks who want the documents hidden because they pre-date and contradict the Christian Bible.

This program is so boring, no content at all, by design, and all the people involved should be ashamed for their idiocy and their suppression.
28 people found this helpful
Holy MountaineerReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Documentary Isn't about the content of the dead sea scrolls
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So, if you want to watch a religious documentary about ancient texts, there are many that will satisfy your bias. According to the reviews here, a lot of people who apparently cannot read the description of the documentary, wanted those biases hugged. Also, despite some wildly sexist comments here about some involved in the restoration, which I find VERY interesting, much more interesting than the fairy tales and allegory on the goat skins themselves, the women from Russia are EXPERTS at restoration, they say that in the documentary.
If you enjoy science documentaries on efforts to restore and juxtapose new findings in the proper historical and cultural context, this is very interesting. If you're a religious person wanting to satisfy your confirmation bias, not so much.
22 people found this helpful
Andy McKinneyReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating look at some very fragile artifacts.
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This is a documentary about a huge hoard of documents, written in Hebrew roughly around the time of Christ and found in living memory. Literature written on goatskin two thousand years ago is pretty amazing to have at all, never mind having so much of it.
This film spends its time on how the pages are preserved, where they were found and the controversy about who wrote them, who hid them-particularly the involvement of the Essenes, a religious group of the period. But the graves of women and children were found in the on-site graveyard. Essenes were celibate males, not families. So, the Essenes could not be responsible for the writing or hiding of the scrolls. And the bones have been lost to science so no one can check and see if the women and children were buried at a time appropriate to the time in question. What to do?
Well, the science guys analyze the clay from the pots that the scrolls were found in. Guess what?....
Not telling. Also not telling about some other cool science stuff covered in the film.
This is not about the content of the scrolls but rather about who wrote and hid them. It is interesting to watch.
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Big BoomerReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
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The film investigates just a few of the questions about the scrolls. But the painstaking step by step research into each is interesting. What about the chemistry of the pottery in which the scrolls were stored? What information is there in the blood found in the gut of human head lice found in the scrolls? What was the source of the goat skin used for the scrolls? And many other 'secrets' is mentioned. Worth an hour of your time.
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Jody JohnsenReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting film but not the heralded basis of religion we’ve been lead to believe it is
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I’d give the documentary 3.5 stars if I could . It has earned 4 stars for its treatment of the history without catering to one particular religion or another but it loses a star for spilling the secret beginning with a group of ladies that are not well trained archivists yet none of them have university degrees and even touch these ancient manuscripts with bare skin. I have a 300 year old book that no one is permitted to touch with bare skin and I’m an accountant!!! A properly trained archivist would never allow touching, ever! So these manuscripts either aren’t valuable to the state of Israel or Israel doesn’t care enough about them to hire properly educated archivists. Either way, the secret is out. It is likely that these discovered texts are not the panacea of biblical reference the state of Israel hoped they would be. Why pretend for so long? I can’t imagine. What do you think?
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jacovnyReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
So secret they’re never revealed?
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The documentary talks ABOUT the scrolls at length, giving historical context, introducing you to scientists, discussing preservation methods, etc. But the actual content of the scrolls is barely addressed, and certainly no “secrets” are revealed. Simply put, the film is inappropriately titled, creating false expectations which it can’t fulfill. The resulting product is pretty tedious. (This is not a criticism based upon any religious bias, but upon the content, versus the expectations reasonably created by the title.)
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