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21. DSS F.162 Lev2

DSS F. No.

DSS F. Name

Name or Description
Dearing Fragment

Alleged Provenance
"... Zurich, Switzerland, where the scroll fragments had been kept for decades in a vault at the UBS Bank. ‘Old Man Kando,’ as I affectionately remember him, being a shrewd businessman, had known that the time for taking any artifacts out of the country was short. He thus took fragments of the scrolls in his possession out of the country before the enactment of laws that would have prevented any such movement" [Patterson 2011, 30].

William Kando ? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (19? Jan 2010)

Asking price
According to Bruce McCoy of the SWBTS, "that scroll fragment includes passages from chapters 18 and 20 concerning the laws of sexual morality, and carried a special price tag because of the text’s significance" [Estrin 2013].

Purchase Price
Dealer/Seller ➤ Collector/Buyer
"[a] family said it donated $500,000 for the purchase" [Estrin 2013]


Measurements in cm
2.5 x 6.5

Estrin, Daniel. 2013. "Dead Sea Scroll Fragments to Hit the Auction Block." The Times of Israel 25 May.

Loveless, Gary, and Stephanie. 2012. Dead Sea Scrolls and The Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures. Forth Worth: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 86.

Patterson, Armour. 2011. Much Clean Paper for Little Dirty Paper: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Texas Musâwana. Forth Worth: Innovo, 34.