Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Dead Sea Scrolls

In 1947, shepherds of the Ta'amireh Bedouin in Palestine accidentally discovered hidden in caves in Qumran numerous scrolls and fragments (many of them biblical) dating from the second century BC to the first century A.D. The first caves to be discovered, and the most productive so far as manuscripts are concerned, were those in the vicinity of Khirbat Qumran, a few miles south of Jericho, although other caves farther to the south in Wadi Murabba'at, and at Ein Gedi and Masada, have also produced important literary finds, some of them from a later period. 

These scrolls are perhaps the most significant find for christians, scholars, archaelogists etc and has shed a lot of light on the veracity of the the Bible that we hold nowadays. Most scholars are agreed on the fact that these scrolls which include the oldest written record of the Old Testament ever found have proven that the Bible does not differ from the Bible that was read in that period and shows the careful transcription that has taken place from the original manuscripts to our Bible. You therefore can trust your Bible and dismiss all those allegations that say that the Bible is a corrupted book.

In the video below Mark Finley discusses the Dead Sea Scrolls and what they show about the reliability of the Bible that we are using today.

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