Riddles Of The Bible

In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd searching for a lost goat entered a long forgotten cave in Qumran, in the Judean Desert. Inside, he made one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time: a cache of mouldering texts, written on papyrus and animal hides. Soon the world would know them as the Dead Sea Scrolls. More than fifty years later, the scrolls are still a subject of controversy. For decades, many of the scrolls were the private dominion of a few researchers. But recently, they have been published, and scholars are piecing together a story of the early first millennium that has never been told before. But who wrote text on the Dead Sea Scrolls? What secrets do the scrolls hide about Judaism and Christianity?

Sunday 16 March, 11.30pm on National Geographic