Sunday, December 14, 2014

Figure 78

Photo by Todd Bolen. Used with permission
Numerous mikva’ot (ritual purity baths) lined with plaster were discovered at Qumran scattered throughout the site indicating that the Essenes practiced baptism by immersion. Fresh water (living water) was supplied from local springs. This mikveh is split down the middle with a 30 cm. (12 in.) crack as a result of an earthquake in 31 BC which destroyed Qumran.

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