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And it has found what was in there: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardised form.The passages, which come from the Book of Leviticus, show the first physical evidence of a long-held belief that the Hebrew Bible that’s in use today has is more than 2,000 years old.Scholars have believed the Hebrew Bible in its standard form first came about some 2,000 years ago, but never had physical proof, until now, according to the study.Previously the oldest known fragments of the modern biblical text dated back to the 8th century.

The researchers then used computer modeling to virtually flatten the scroll, to be able to read a few columns of text inside.Radiometric dating--the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements--has been in widespread use for over half a century.