This is my first post and I want to say how much we are being blessed. I am overwhelmed with being where Jesus Christ and the Bible took place. I am so excited to be able to connect the Bible with the actual places in the Bible. We have visited several Synagogues where we have read scriptures and it all comes to life- Jesus and the Apostles teaching and proclaiming the Risen Christ. Well one of the places we visited today was Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1047. The Essenes were a Jewish sect that settled at Qumran. A Bedouin Shepherd discovered a cave that contained a jar with scrolls in it. Eventually hundreds of scrolls were found dating from about the 3rd century BC to 68 AD. We have whole books of the Bible along with portions of scripture that contain all the Old Testament books except Esther. These scrolls are the oldest writer versions of the scriptures. What is really exciting is that these scrolls confirm the accuracy of the translations of the Bible that we have. In fact the scrolls have been used to update older translations and to write new translations.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are probably the most significant discovery for Biblical Scholarship in the past century.
Our God is a good God who has preserved His Word so we can learn about Him.