One of the first scrolls found was so stuck together that scholars dispaired of unrolling it.
At Hebrew University Professor James E. Bieberkraut soften it by exposing it for months to controlled humidity, slowly peeled it open. It was a part of Genesis, written in Aramaic, and the earliest document ever found in this ancient language.
Professor Bieberkraut of the Hebrew University opening the Genesis Apocryphon.
Many of the scrolls were tightly rolled and encrusted in 2000 years of soil, dirt and animal droppings buried in the soil on the floors of the caves. Professor Bieberkraut who worked at the Hebrew University at the time employed his expertise in opening the precious scrolls.
When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project discovers a heretical message contained in one of the Scrolls he hides it. Decades later, a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll … or die trying.