Facts About the Dead Sea Scrolls
Facts About the Dead Sea Scrolls - How Did the Dead Sea Scrolls Influence Religion?
When studying facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls, it is important to note that they have been called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in Israel. This is an arid region 13 miles east of Jerusalem and 1,300 feet below sea level.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are comprised of the remains of approximately 825 to 870 separate scrolls, represented by tens of thousands of fragments. The Dead Sea Scrolls can be divided into two categories-biblical and non-biblical. Fragments of every book of the Old Testament (Hebrew canon) have been discovered, except for the book of Esther. Now identified among the scrolls are 19 fragments of Isaiah, 25 fragments of Deuteronomy and 30 fragments of the Psalms. The virtually intact Isaiah Scroll, which contains some of the most dramatic prophecy of a coming Jewish Messiah, is 1,000 years older than any previously known copy of Isaiah.
Based on various dating methods, the Dead Sea Scrolls were written during the period from about 200 BC to 68 AD. Most of the biblical manuscripts, including the Book of Isaiah and the Psalms, date to at least 100 BC.
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As such, the Dead Sea Scrolls have revolutionized textual criticism of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Phenomenally, we find the biblical texts of today in substantial agreement with the biblical texts of over 2,000 years ago. Also dramatic is the fact that we now have absolute evidence that the Messianic prophecies contained in today's Old Testament (both Jewish and Christian) are the same Messianic prophecies that existed prior to the time Jesus walked on this earth.