Carbon 14 dating of the dead sea scrolls
Now identified among the scrolls are 19 fragments of Isaiah, 25 fragments of Deuteronomy and 30 fragments of the Psalms.
The virtually intact "Isaiah Scroll", which contains some of the most dramatic Messianic prophecy, is 1,000 years older than any previously known manuscript of Isaiah. Many crucial Messianic manuscripts (such as Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and Isaiah 61) date to at least 100 BC.
To learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls, see the Library of Congress "Scrolls from the Dead Sea" exhibit.
) is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947.
by Donna Kent Researchers in the Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) Laboratory at the University of Arizona have carbon-14 dated samples of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and their results are consistent with ages determined by paleographic research. Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,730 /-40 years, which means that it takes 5,730 years for half of the radioisotope to disintegrate. They were discovered between 19 in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times.Several prophesies appearing in the Book of Isaiah have become cornerstones of Judeo-Christian civilization.Perhaps the most renowned of these is Isaiah's vision of universal peace at the End of Days: "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall never again know war" (2:4).
It is the largest (734 cm) and best preserved of all the biblical scrolls, and the only one that is almost complete.