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Dead Sea Scrolls Revealed

I watched this show and it said that the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls changed Christianity. What was so important about the Dead Sea Scrolls?

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***Prophets are the water that washes the sand foundations out from under almost all current doctrines of men.Trav***


Travelosity..that was a great post and this last statement is right on!!!
---kathr4453 on 7/15/09

You were one of the 5 that came to mind. While we don't always see from the same angle....I've noticed your search....and the foundation that you keep laying stones on.
When building a stone house....the worker on one side sees a different picture than the one on the other. The blue print is the key....to the house having straight edges.
---Trav on 7/16/09


The DSS do not prove Christianity. They help show the foundation of Christianity is solid.

Critques attacked the OT as being false of a latter date. Saying that it could not be trusted.

But the DSS scrolls showed they are acuratly transmitted down for centuries and that the critics were wrong.
---Samuel on 7/16/09


Cluny Jimbo's point 'without the Old Testament there would be no New Testament.' Is perfectly clear. The OT is the foundation for the NT.

We celebrate and worship Jesus as Creator and Redeemer. It is pertinent that He, His apostles and disciples quoted from all the books which comprise the OT, always as sober historical truth. Good proof they are accurate, and part of Scripture. Who knows better than Jesus? He demonstrates the essenes didn't create the texts but made copies from earlier texts.

The interesting thing is that these manuscripts are about 1,000 years older than our previous oldest manuscripts. And they confirm the accuracy of the latter manuscripts.
---Warwick on 7/16/09


***Prophets are the water that washes the sand foundations out from under almost all current doctrines of men.Trav***


Travelosity..that was a great post and this last statement is right on!!!
---kathr4453 on 7/15/09


That's why I'm asking you to tell us how they DSS "prove" Christianity.
---Cluny on 7/13/09

I've looked at these in passing...but, the prophets are again the "testament" in the scrolls.

While the prophets are acknowledged on this site rarely, they offer the witnesses to the Messiah/Redeemer. I think that is why they are NOT used/referred on this site, except by the number of one hand.
Prophets are the water that washes the sand foundations out from under almost all current doctrines of men.
---Trav on 7/15/09




\\ Cluny without the Old Testament there would be no New Testament.
---Jimbo on 7/13/09\\

And your point, Jimbo?

Not all of the DSS were Biblical, that is, OT mss.

Some of them were produced by a Jewish sect, commonly believed to be Essenes (though this has been debated).

There were no specifically Christian texts, whether of the NT or otherwise, among them.

That's why I'm asking you to tell us how they DSS "prove" Christianity.
---Cluny on 7/13/09


Cluny without the Old Testament there would be no New Testament.
---Jimbo on 7/13/09


\\ The Dead Sea Scrolls just proved Christianity.
---Jimbo on 7/12/09\\

Since the DSS are decidely JEWISH texts, how do they "prove" Christianity?

Please be specific.
---Cluny on 7/12/09


The Dead Sea Scrolls just proved Christianity.
---Jimbo on 7/12/09


\\ So if the LXX and Sept. are the same, which is better, the LXX or the Latin Vulgate?
---lance on 7/9/09\\

I'm not too sure what you mean by "better" in your question.

It's like asking, "Which is better: an apple or an artichoke".

They are two different things.

The LXX is older than the Vulgate. OTOH, the LXX is just the OT.
---Cluny on 7/10/09




So if the LXX and Sept. are the same, which is better, the LXX or the Latin Vulgate?
---lance on 7/9/09


\\ Sorry I'm not that educated. What are LXX & Septuagint? Which one is correct? thanks
---lance on 7/8/09\\

LXX, Roman numeral for "70", is the standard abbreviation for Septuagint ("Translation of the 70"), the Greek version of the OT made 200 years before Christ.

The LXX is based on an OLDER Hebrew text than the Masoretic.

It's the form of the OT understood and accepted by the earliest generation of Christians--most of whom spoke some Greek.

Whenever the NT quotes from the OT, it's from the LXX, including the differences.
---Cluny on 7/8/09


Lance, LXX and Septuagint are the same thing. It is Greek for seventy. The Septuagint was purportedly translated to Koine Greek(common) by a group of seventy(or 72) from the original Hebrew texts. The Vulgate is the Latin translation. Many of our Bibles today(non-Catholic) are translated from the Septuagint. The Catholic Churhc uses the Latin Vulgate for their text.
---tommy3007 on 7/8/09


Sorry I'm not that educated. What are LXX & Septuagint? Which one is correct? thanks
---lance on 7/8/09


\\the only thing I know is that they provrd that the copies we have today are the same words found used in the scrolls. Meaning that the OT we use is accurate.
---tom2 on 7/2/09\\

Actually, the DSS show that the Hebrew text underlying the Septuagint is OLDER than the present Masoretic text, and they actually SUPPORT the LXX's differences, but that's minor to some people.

Until the DSS were found, the oldest mss of the OT were in the LXX.
---Cluny on 7/2/09


The DSS are a collection of mss, both of the OT (showing textual variants that support the LXX) and of Jewish literature from the same era as the origins of Christianity.

They are important in that they give us a glimpse of that historical milieu. After all, Christ didn't come in a bubble, and the Apostles didn't live in a vacuum.

But they don't change anything at all.

Christianity was what it was and remains what it is before they were found. Nothing changed.
---Cluny on 7/1/09


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the only thing I know is that they provrd that the copies we have today are the same words found used in the scrolls. Meaning that the OT we use is accurate.
---tom2 on 7/2/09


Lance, If you want to view them for yourself (depending on how far away you live) they are currently on display here at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto!
For info ROM CAN on the Internet
---1st_cliff on 7/1/09


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