One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times happened by accident in 1947 when a Bedouin boy threw a stone into a cave’s mouth high on the rock face of a Judean mountain facing the Dead Sea. Startled by the sound of breaking pottery, the boy summoned his tribe to investigate, and the sound of that breakage has reverberated throughout the world.
The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are a collection 900+ ancient Jewish manuscripts, one-fourth of which are copies of the Hebrew Scriptures’ Old Testament.
Before discovery of the DSS, the earliest known manuscripts of the Old Testament dated back to the 9th century A.D. The DSS date to the 2nd century B.C., and thus moved the date of manuscript evidence back nearly 1,200 years! The DSS demonstrate that the Bible’s text is accurately transmitted, which is the distinguished value of this remarkable find. With what the DSS reveal, the charge that the Bible has been changed many times over the years dried up and blew away with a dusty breeze.
Author: Sam Aylestock
Pastor Aylestock is an Associate Pastor at Valley Forge Baptist Temple. He serves as the College and Career Pastor and oversees building/property management.