Other fragments, as well as the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls, which previously made their way to Israel, and the Temple Scroll, which was recovered after 1967, are kept in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book.


Yigael Yadin, The Temple Scroll (New York and London, 1985), pp 45–46.


This would be easy to do. A complete set of photographs of all Dead Sea Scroll materials except the Temple Scroll, is kept in a climatized vault at the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center, Claremont, California, entrusted to the Center by the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums for safekeeping, on condition that no unauthorized person may see any of these materials. A simple direction to the Center to allow it to give all scholars access to the photographs would go a long way toward solving the problem.


Further reflecting that Israel has, and has exercised, control over these documents is the fact that the Israel Department of Antiquities has itself assigned publication rights to Dead Sea Scroll materials that were unassigned in 1967 when Israel took control of the Rockefeller Museum. One such scroll was the Leviticus scroll from Qumran Cave 11. The Israel Department of Antiquities assigned publication rights to this scroll to David Noel Freedman of the University of Michigan. See The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll (11QpaleoLev), by D. N. Freedman and K. A. Mathews (Winona Lake, Indiana: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1985), p. 2. (See review in Books in Brief.)


At the very least, Israel, through a committee of its own, could negotiate with the scholars who have unpublished scroll materials to work out an agreeable time schedule for publication and to negotiate reassignment of materials that cannot be published within, say, the next two or three years.