Each man went and killed his children, then his wife by slitting their throats. They the men gathered and drew lots. The man chosen then slit the throat of each man. When all were dead but him, he stabbed himself. When the Romans came onto Masada the next day they found only silence. The only reason we know what happened is that one woman and two girls chose not to die. They told the story. Today, all recruits in the Israeli army go to Masada and the story is told. Then they say, “Never again will Masada be defeated.”
Just behind Qumran is the cave where the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls was found. After they authentication and high priced sale of four of the scrolls word got out to the beduins and they scrambled all over the area looking for more. In all 800 scrolls and 2000 papyrus were found. These included seven complete Bibles, but for Esther.