In a laboratory in the German capital of Berlin, a team of researchers are poring over fragments of an ancient-looking text. Previously on display in Washington, D.C.’s Museum of the Bible, the artifacts purportedly form part of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls. However, soon the experts discover that something doesn’t quite add up.
The more recent chapter of this story began over seven decades ago. In 1946 a group of Bedouin shepherds stumbled upon a cache of scrolls hidden within a cave in Qumran, in what is now the Palestinian West Bank. And although they were initially told that their discovery was worthless, the group decided to persevere. As a result, the documents were subsequently sold to a local antiques dealer named Khalil Eskander Shahin – known as Kando.