The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of manuscripts found within caves near the shore of the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 1950s. They offer insights into the diverse theologies of Judaism that were popular during the Second Temple period and date between 400 BCE and 300 CE. Of the manuscripts found, about 40% are copies of canonical texts found in the Hebrew Bible. Another 30% were known documents not officially canonized. The remainder of the scrolls shed light on the religious and sectarian beliefs of the community. Read articles about the Dead Sea Scrolls below.