MAY 13


When it comes to the Old Testament, a famous discovery of ancient manuscripts in 1946 has further assured us that our Bible today contains the original message of the books of the Old Testament.

In 1946, a young Bedouin shepherd boy discovered scrolls housed in clay jars in the caves of Qumran on Israel’s West Bank near the Dead Sea. By the time archeologists were through excavating this site, 931 manuscripts or fragments of manuscripts had been discovered.

These manuscripts, known today as the Dead Sea Scrolls, are the greatest discovery of all time when it comes to affirming the authenticity of the Old Testament. These scrolls predate all other known copies of the Old Testament by 1100 years. Among them is a scroll of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that reads almost exactly like the Book of Isaiah in our present-day English Bible.

Following the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the late William Barclay, a well-known author and Bible scholar, said, “We need have no fear that the Massoretic text of the Old Testament—our modern Hebrew text—is anything but accurate.”