Courtesy Israel Museum

Scroll fragments from Qumran cave 4 describe the “Wiles of the Wanton Woman”. “She lies in wait in secret places, at every corner she will sit … to seek out a righteous man and lead him astray, and a perfect man to make him stumble … ” The author cites the text on these fragments as an example of the Qumran sect’s fear of, and contempt for, women.