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The Qumran Institute plays an important role in the research into the ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The staff is involved in the writing and editing leading scholarly publications.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are highly important for understanding ancient Judaism in general. They are a bridge between the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament. The Dead Sea Scrolls date to the formative period of Judaism and Christianity. In addition to biblical manuscripts, many non-biblical manuscripts were found. Jews outside of the Qumran community also read these texts. The Dead Sea Scrolls thus throw new light on Jewish culture at large in antiquity.

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