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The chief reason that critical scholars dated the scrolls to the Hellenistic Period was that the letterforms as they appeared in the inferior photographs from the 1980s were used only in post-exilic Hebrew inscriptions.
Barkay and his team noted (ibid., 50): Most of these supposed forms, however, are a result of misunderstandings due to the poor quality of the data available to researchers in the past.
Excavations in Jerusalem in 1979–80 by Gabriel Barkay turned up two amulets dating from the late seventh century BC.
However, the new images have revealed that neither of these two forms actually appears on Amulet I.
Museums in England and Germany were given the opportunity to unroll the scrolls, but declined because of the delicate nature of the operation.
Three years after their discovery, the scrolls were finally opened by conservators at the Israel Museum.
As time passed, confusion naturally arose as to the correct pronunciation of words, so scribes in the Intertestamental Period developed the concept of the in this function did not begin until the fourth century BC (ibid., 54).
However, the Siloam Inscription, which actually dates to a time earlier than the silver scrolls, features this exact use of the , “his fellow,” appearing in lines 2, 3, and 4 of that famous inscription.