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Parchment of Last Chapter of Book of Psalms Excavated in Israel

A white parchment with the last chapter of the Book of Psalms was discovered this weekend during the excavation of Herod’s palace and fortresses at Massada near the Dead Sea.

The parchment of the 150th Psalm and an earlier discovery of portions of the Book of Leviticus are considered to be the most significant discoveries so far in this final season of exploration at the site of the last stronghold of Jewish resistance to the Roman conquest of Palestine in the first century C.E. Other finds include scores of pottery fragments inscribed in Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic and Greek and a heard of ancient coins.