Cutting-edge technology has for the first time allowed scholars to read the most ancient Hebrew scroll found since the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli and US experts said on Monday. The charred piece of parchment from the sixth century AD was found in the ashes of an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the shores of the Dead Sea, in 1970 but until now has been impossible to read. ‘The most advanced technologies allowed us to virtually unroll a scroll, part of a bible, from about 1,500 years ago,’ said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). ‘After the Dead Sea Scrolls, this is the most significant find of a written bible,’ she told journalists.

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