Qumran is where the Bedouin boy shepherd was looking for his lost goat and threw a rock into a hole and heard pottery break. That’s how the Dead Sea scrolls were found:




It is directly across from the northern tip of the Dead Sea:



The scrolls were written by the Essenes, a sect that lived apart from the corruption of the temple in Jerusalem. They called themselves children of Light, and they were preparing for the coming of the Lord.




They were scribes, and the Old Testament has been found in its entirety except for Esther, and the famous Isaiah scrolls came from here. They also had other writings about their own community, hymns, and rules for living.



They lived in caves, but the ruins of their community centers are still there:



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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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