Dead Sea Scrolls

From the beginning, the Dead Sea Scrolls have captured the imagination and interest of scholars and the public. The scrolls tell us of a time of ferment and change, of apocalyptic visions, and they shed light on the earliest days of Judaism and Christianity. Do the scrolls tell us an eyewitness account of Jesus? Was he a part of the monastic community living at Qumran in the desert?

After fifty years of scrolls research, two science films bring the legend to life, from the diverse perspectives of biblical scholarship, science and technology. The films bring together the most important scrolls scholars, archaeologists, and cutting edge technologies, to create a moving portrait of the Qumran community who left the scrolls. In 2002, after more than 50 years of study, the scrolls and the research will finally be published.

Scandinature has been granted exclusive access to these new efforts in scholarship and archaeology. The two films give a unique insight into the work and revelations of the scientists and offer to shed more light on this legend in the desert.

Part one: 
Voices from the Desert 1×52 min, focuses on scroll research and the texts

Awards:
» Selected as a finalist at FILMOBIDOS’99 in Portugal.

Part two: 
The Haunted Desert 1×52 min, focuses on the dramatic excavations of Qumran

Awards: 
» Awarded the Grand Prize at the International Scientific Film Festival held in Hungary from 27 September through 1 October 2003

Available also in a single one-hour version

Produced and directed by: Sterling van Wagenen, Curtis Briggs and Bo Landin

A co-production with Discovery Channel and KBYU Television.