Archeologists from the University of Tel Aviv have found several ancient scrolls in the West Bank, close to the Qumran Caves. The caves are located 2 kilometers inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. Interestingly, this is the same region where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.
The newly discovered scrolls have revealed tantalizing information on the physical appearance and life of Jesus Christ.
It’s believed that these documents were written by the Essenes, a small Jewish sectarian group. Many elements of the Old and New Testaments have been retraced here, similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, what have interested the scholars particularly are some fragments where the birth of Jesus has been described.
The newly discovered manuscripts have been dated between 408 BCE and 318 CE.
These documents also mention a person named Hamshet who is said to be the half-brother of Joseph. He is dark skinned too, and has been described as having wicked manners and lack of morals and Joseph despises him for this. Some archeologists are saying that Hamshet could actually be the true father of Jesus.
There is also reference to a servant of African origin named Melcha.
Hebrew scholar Moshe Zuckenschtein says Joseph had 4 sisters and 5 brothers. It is also said that a child was born of the union of Jacob and his servant after his second wife had died.
The team of scholars from the University of Tel Aviv is still carrying out their excavation work. It is expected to continue for another year.