Fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Caption: Fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls. This fragment is known as the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, the War Rule, or 4Q491. It is a military text that is written in Herodian script (the language used at the time of King Herod) and dates back to early 1st Century AD. It describes an apocalyptic prophecy, stating that war would occur between the Sons of Light (the Jewish army) and the Sons of Darkness (the troops of the Kittim of Assyria). It then goes on to give instructions on which military tactics to use in this war.

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