MS in Hebrew on light brown leather, Qumran, 30 BC-68 AD, part of a scroll, 9,0x21,2 cm, column I: (5,0x7,2 cm), 9 lines; column II: (5,0x6,5 cm), 8 lines, in a good Herodian Hebrew book script, upper edge preserved 3,8 cm, intercolumn spaces 2,2 - 2,3 - 2,3 cm, blindruled with 4 verticals and 9 horizontals.
Commentary: This is a unique, new scroll, not
belonging to any other Leviticus scrolls. Leviticus 26:3 - 9 is the
earliest witness to this part of the Hebrew Bible, only preceded by the
Septuagint 4QLXXLeva (DJD IX:119), dated to 1st c. BC. Leviticus 26:33
is the 2nd oldest witness to the text, only preceded by 4QLev-Numa (DJD
XII:23), dated to middle or 2nd half of 2nd c. BC (Early Hasmonaean).
Leviticus 26:34 - 37 is the earliest witness to the text.
More About the Schoyen Collection
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.