antique scroll

Interesting things happen whenever I converse with annalovesfiction. This fic is fast forwarding to when the next gen are teenagers.

Asking Nicely
Shikadai & Himawari
Sypnosis: Himawari’s learnt a thing or two about asking nicely from her parents.


It was well known through Konoha that the Nara clan were a lazy bunch. Dependable and respected, but undeniably a lazy bunch geniuses.

And Shikadai was not unlike the other born and bred Nara’s. He was more likely to be seen lying eyes closed under a tree rather than helping his friends decode and organise antique scrolls.

Which made this trip completely useless, Boruto concluded in his mind, because Shikadai would refuse to help because he couldn’t be bothered at all.

“Why are we doing this again?” he whined. “Why can’t we just go straight to Shikamaru instead? You know that Shikadai’s going to decline to help straight away.”

“Because this isn’t urgent and Shikamaru is busy,” his ever logical teammate replied. “Besides, stop whining Boruto. You’re almost twenty for goodness sake.”

Boruto pouted.

A chuckle came from his sister beside him and he noticed that she was carrying a small food container.

That’s right, his brain registered. Hima has a big crush on Shikadai.

In a style like their mother’s, Himawari took one look at Shikadai, back when they were children, and attached herself to him like a koala bear. It didn’t look like Shikadai minded at all; he never rebuffed her. Hell, even if he had minded, he was probably too lazy to rebuff her.  

He wondered if his sister knew that she was probably courting a dead log.

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100 Documents: The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest-known copies of Biblical texts.  They include most of the Old Testament books, and many other writings.  Some of the scrolls were written in the 200′s (BC), but most are originals or copies from the 00′s (BC).

The texts are written on papyrus and animal hide, with reed pens and brightly-coloured inks.  Most are written in Hebrew; some are in Aramaic, Greek, Latin and Arabic.

They were found in November 1946, when a young Bedouin was searching for a stray in the limestone cliffs of the north-western Dead Sea.  He found a cave, threw a stone into it, and heard clay pottery breaking.  He went in to see what it was, and found several large earthenware jars with sealed lids.  Old scrolls, wrapped in linen, were inside.  Over the next three months, he and three others sold some of the scrolls to antique dealers in Bethlehem.  They didn’t realize their true value.

Over the next nine years, more and more scrolls and fragments were found - over 900 in total.  They became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Because of their dating (408 BC - 318 AD, a crucial period in the development of Judeo-Christian religions), they have great significance - and are also the source of great controversies.  This has been exacerbated by the fact that many of the scrolls’ contents & analyses haven’t been released.