The Shrine of the Book, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem/© The Israel Museum/by Ardon Bar Hama

THE LATEST DISCOVERED AND THE LONGEST DEAD SEA SCROLL. The Temple Scrolla (11Q19) was likely discovered in 1956 in Cave 11. The manuscript (two fragments above) is written in the square Herodian Hebrew script of the late Second Temple period. Measuring about 27 feet long, the scroll is written on very thin animal skin (no thicker than one-tenth of a millimeter), making it the thinnest of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The work claims to provide the details of God’s instructions regarding the construction and operation of a temple that was never built, along with extensive regulations about sacrifices and temple practices.