Two Dead Sea Scrolls Stolen by Arabs, American Scholar Reveals

Two recently discovered Dead Sea scrolls have been stolen by Arabs and are being held for ransom somewhere in the Palestine area, Dr. William F. Albright, professor of Semitic Languages at John Hopkins University, revealed here today.

In the course of a lecture, Prof. Albright said that two scrolls, whose discovery had not previously been announced, were stolen by Bedouins who removed them from under the noses of their guards. The scrolls were found in a limestone cave in the same area where other Dead Sea scrolls have been discovered during the past nine years.

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