Enigma of The Dead Sea Scrolls

DVD Release: December 18, 1990
Enigma of The Dead Sea Scrolls


An examination of key issues related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, widely regarded as the most significant archeological discovery of the 20th century. There remains much mystery and intrigue as scholars and administrators have fought over access to the materials. This program investigates the scrolls, controversies, key players, and contributions to our understanding of the ancient world and the Bible.

Dove Review

“Enigma of The Dead Sea Scrolls” is an insightful examination of one of the greatest discoveries of modern times: the finding of ancient copies of the Old Testament including Genesis and Psalms. A shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in pottery jars in a cave and this documentary looks into the study of them. It features comments by leading scholars, a discussion about the “secret” scrolls, comments about a scroll or scrolls that presumably only a few people have access to, and the excavation of the site.

The history in this film is interesting, including that of Jewish historian Josephus who spoke of a sect that might have copied the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Essenes, a Jewish sect of some mystery, are also discussed, as are comments by Dr. John Strugnell of the Harvard Divinity School, who got into hot water for his comments about Judaism being a “horrible religion.” He explains that he likes the liberty of the Christian faith. So the documentary features a bit of controversy along with cinematic shots of Israel and Bethlehem.

Ultimately this informative DVD brings the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls to life and is well worth the short time it takes to watch it. We are pleased to award it our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. See it soon—you will be glad you did!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Angry man points a warning finger at a man asking questions about the scrolls; archive footage includes soldiers firing rifles; wounded or dead man being pulled to safety; tanks and a grenade explosion.
Drugs: Drinking of wine with communion.
Nudity: None
Other: Controversial comments by scholar who criticizes Judaism; thematic elements involving wars and conflicts.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Nissim Mossek
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 58 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter