Dead Sea Scrolls Confirm The Bible
“And the Scripture cannot be broken.” – John 10:35 NASB
Between 1947 and 1956, archeologists unearthed over 800 biblical and post-biblical scrolls in 11 caves at the Qumran ruins near the Dead Sea. Since then these Dead Sea scrolls have been the subject of intense examination, resulting in many books and articles printed about their contents.
At a November 1989 conference at Princeton University’s Institute of Semitic Studies, some scholars asked if the contents of the remaining biblical scrolls were being kept from them because they might contradict Old Testament books. To their question, the leading specialist in historical interpretation of Hebrew manuscripts said this: “The biblical scrolls are the least interesting of the find because their content is virtually identical to that of the Bible.”
While these scrolls may be the “least interesting” to the secular scholars because they do not contradict God’s Word, the exact opposite response came from the Christian scholars who rejoiced to hear that the content of these scrolls confirmed the verse that says, “The Scripture cannot be broken.” But then could it be any other way?
While scholars worked for years to come to this conclusion, those who accept God’s Word as truth believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God” and written by “men moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). For us, the most significant thing about the Dead Sea scrolls is this: They confirm what we already know to be true!
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org