The Great Isaiah Scroll MS A (1QIsa)1st century BCE

UnknownLate 1st century BCE - early 1st century CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

The Isaiah manuscript A is one of the seven scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947. It is the largest and best preserved scroll, and represents the only biblical book that has survived in its entirety. The fifty-four columns contain all sixty-six chapters, without a marked division between what modern scholarship regards as First and Second Isaiah. The scroll is one of the oldest Dead Sea Scrolls - it dates from about 100 BCE and is older by about one thousand years than the oldest biblical manuscripts (such as the Aleppo Codex) known prior to the Qumran finds. The text, which is written clearly enough to be understood immediately by readers of modern Hebrew, substantiates to a remarkable degree the wording and orthography of medieval manuscripts.


  • Title: The Great Isaiah Scroll MS A (1QIsa)1st century BCE
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Late 1st century BCE - early 1st century CE
  • Location: Qumran Cave 11
  • Type: Scroll
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Parchment
  • Exhibition: Envisioning the Temple: Scrolls, Stones, and Symbols, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/05/2003 - 12/04/2004 A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls, Shrine of the Book, Opening date: 2004
  • Dimensions: H: 22-25, L: 734 cm
  • Curator: Roitman, Adolfo

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