The Dead Sea Scrolls

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“In the spring of 1947 Bedouin goat-herders, searching the cliffs along the Dead Sea for a lost goat (or

treasure; depending on who’s telling the story), stumbled upon a cave containing jars filled with ancient manuscripts. This find caused a worldwide sensation and continues to fascinate the scholarly community and public to this day. These ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ as they came to be called, were most likely written by ‘the Essene’s’ during the period from about 200 B.C. to 68 A.D. The Essene’s are mentioned by Josephus and in a few other historical sources, but not in the New Testament. The Essene’s were a strict Torah observant, Messianic, new covenant Jewish sect who lived in the wilderness of Judea. There are now identified among the scrolls found within these Qumran caves; 19 copies of the Book of Isaiah, 25 copies of Deuteronomy and 30 copies of the Psalms. Even other prophecies by Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel, not written in the Bible, are contained within these ‘Dead Sea Scrolls.– Pastor Carl

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