These attempts to interpret and excavate the area of the scrolls' discovery has led to numerous interpretations in the academic, religious, and political spheres. Unfortunately the academic interpretations are heavily influenced by the latter two; the complex political affiliations in the area surrounding the Dead Sea has held this discovery as an emblem of the struggles in the area for historical supremacy and the use of the find as a sort of relic for the religious.
|Coin of Herod the Great|
|Book or Isaiah|
|Copper Scroll Fragment|
Although scholarship on the origin, authorship, and context of the scrolls is ongoing the discovery of the scrolls has allowed us to peer into a community whose voice has been silenced for two thousand years and perhaps further study may reveal hidden clues or revelations to this mysterious library.