Members of the First Scroll Team: From the Allegro Photographs at the Manchester Museum

Work on John Allegro’s extensive photographic records continues. During March these Manchester Museum pictures were scanned showing members of the first Scrolls team, led by Père Roland de Vaux from the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem (ÉBAF).

  French scholar, Jean Starcky (1909-1988).

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Father Pierre Benoit working on the Greek fragments from Murabba’at.

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John Strugnell with fragments and tobacco pipe:

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Featured image on this post:

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Father Józef Tadeusz Milik (1922-2006) handing a tray of fragments to John Allegro. Image B.ST.ALLEGRO.16; reproduced with permission of the Allegro Estate; courtesy of the Manchester Museum, the University of Manchester; for copyright and reproduction requests please contact jamilla.hawa@manchester.ac.uk

Copper Scroll Images from Allegro Archive

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In addition to digitalizing the extensive collection of photographs taken by John Allegro, a number of images feature in Judith Brown’s biography of her father, John Marco Allegro: The Maverick of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans, 2005), which have also been made available to the Network. This picture of Professor Wright Baker, from the former Manchester College of Technology (now UMIST), shows him here in profile working on the Copper Scroll,  complements the film footage which the project has digitalized and made freely available on our recent post at https://dqcaas.com/2016/11/24/1953-film-of-cutting-open-of-the-copper-scroll

1955 Film of Cutting Open of the Copper Scroll

Judy Brown, daughter of John Allegro, has generously supplied the Network with many materials related to her father, and we are moving forward with investigating them. Included in these materials was a mysterious roll of film in a metal spool, shot by John Allegro. In order to find out what it was, Joan Taylor visited film archive expert Tim Emblem-English at his London studio: http://www.theflyingspot.co.uk/. Tim was able to recognise that this film was developed as a ‘reversal’ straight out of the camera that shot it, and its Kodak serial number could be traced to 1953. That date turned out to fit perfectly with the contents, as it showed, amazingly, the Copper Scroll being cut into with a circular blade. Thanks to Professor H. Wright-Baker, at the former Manchester Institute of Technology (now The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology), the scroll was first opened on 01 October 1955.  The film duration is only 1.21 seconds long, at 25 frames a second, but the quality (silver nitrate on celluloid) is excellent. We have digitised this footage and here make it available on this site for viewing. You may want to imagine the sound of an electric cutter as you watch it!

Kindly note that this film is copyright. For any use of this footage, please be in touch with the owner, Judy Brown at judybrown0@gmail.com. We thank her very much for allowing us to make use of this amazing piece of visual history and permitting us to digitise the footage.

Further details available in J.A. Brown,  “Opening the Copper Scroll,” in John Marco Allegro: The Maverick of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cambridge UK; Eerdmans, 2005), pp. 60-75.

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