Muhammed edh-Dhib

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Muhammad Ahmed al-Hamed (born 1931), better known by his nickname Muhammed edh-Dhib (Arabic: محمد الذئب‎; "Muhammad the Wolf"), was a Bedouin shepherd from the Ta'amireh clans residing in Bethlehem, who discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in winter 1946/47.

According to the account of an interview conducted by J.F. Docmac and Anton Kiraz, edh-Dhib's cousin Jum'a Muhammad noticed some holes while shepherding, and threw a rock in to find out how big they were. He discovered they were big enough to fit a human, and told his cousin what he had found. edh-Dhib fell into one of the holes later, retrieved some scrolls from a pot, and went to show them to Jum'a. In 1960 edh Dhib changed his name to Abu Dahoud which means "David's father" after a Bedouin custom of changing ones name after the birth of the first son.


  • "The Dead Sea Scrolls" John C. Trever. pp. 191 on.
  • "The Untold Story of Qumran" John C. Trever.
  • "Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls" Randall Price, p. 32-33.