Dead Sea Scrolls were work of the Sadducees, claims academic

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For more than six decades scholars have believed the scrolls originated with a different, ascetic Jewish sect called the Essenes.

The Essenes are said to have lived in the 1st Century, in mountains in Palestine, where they recorded religious practices on parchments.

But Rachel Elior, a professor of Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, claims the 930 scrolls were written by the Sadducees, a group of Jewish priests living in Jerusalem, and that the Essenes did not exist.

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